Now’s a great time to buy all the supplies you’ll need for seed starting. Starting this month, we’ll have a great selection of seed starting supplies at both our locations. It’s also a great time to repaint flower boxes, outdoor furniture and the like, and to inventory tools and other equipment to see what needs to be replaced.
If you have indoor plant lights, check their ends to see if they have begun to become cloudy or darkened. If they have, replace them.
And don’t forget your most important gardening equipment: your body! Start training for spring gardening now by taking a walk at least three times a week, doing yoga, using hand weights, or home exercise equipment. Go easy – slow and steady wins the race; this ain’t the Triathlon you’re training for, sister – and remember to stretch (ge-e-e-e-ently).
If there hasn’t been any snow for a while, water your yard deeply twice a month whenever sunny days appear to thaw out your hoses.
When you’re done watering, be sure to let your hoses drain thoroughly before recoiling them. Just stretch them out with both ends open, preferably on a gentle slope. Otherwise, the water left in the hose may freeze and split the hose. And make sure your outdoor faucets are covered to protect them from freezing!
You can purchase faucet covers at any hardware store.
Certain plants bring back memories of funny interactions with customers. The one instance that still makes me laugh was when a customer came in looking for strawflowers. She had her granddaughter with her. Grandma she said “flowers are not made of straw.” Her granddaughter was feeling rather embarrassed because she thought her grandmother was going to ask a foolish question and she would ‘just die’. The women came up to me and asked if we sold strawflower plants. I told her “oh yes, what color are you looking for.” Her granddaughter stood there with her mouth wide open in amazement. The grandmother turned to the her and said “See there is such a thing. Well I guess you won’t have to die.”
I have fond memories of my mother growing strawflowers, cutting them right before they were fully opened leaving long stems and hanging them upside down to dry. She then would make little bouquets to place around the house or give away to friends. The plant is real but the flowers do feel like straw. We have orange and red already started for spring.
The Garden Guru said that in February Entomologists and Arborists come from all over the country for a two day symposium. When it comes right down to the importance of plants, trees really are at the top of the list. For instance, in our landscape, often times, they are the focal point. Trees keep the earth healthy. Because trees are larger than most other plants, they sequester the most carbon. Other benefits of trees are: they provide shade for us – they sequester carbon — they provide shelter for wildlife — they do so much for all of us and Mother Earth! Listen to Lynn’s tip on how he goes about diagnosing diseases of trees as he is shown a leaf.
Tune in every Friday on KHFM Radio (95.5 FM) between 4 and 5 pm you’ll hear Lynn Payne’s tip of the week. The “Garden Guru” himself provides information on different topics including gardening tips, fun facts about plants, how to plant and prepare your garden for each season and special announcements.
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