WHAT TO DO IN LATE MARCH – DON’T PRUNE FLOWERING SHRUBS!

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Don’t prune flowering shrubs such as forsythia, quince, spiraea, and lilacs until after they’ve blossomed, or you’ll cheat yourself of this year’s blooms.

In late March, cut your butterfly bushes (Buddleia) at least in half and you can even cut them to within 6 inches of the ground. It may feel as though you are committing murder, but the shrubs will grow right back and bear lots more flowers than they would if you didn’t prune them as drastically.

If you have any other Pruning questions, stop by and ask the gardening experts at either of our nurseries!

“WHAT VEGETABLES DOES THE GARDEN GURU LIKE TO PLANT?

 

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There are three that I particularly like! Asparagus, Horseradish and Rhubarb are my favorite vegetables to plant here in Santa Fe! To grow successful vegetables you need plant them in enriched soil. You need to prep your soil. Listen to Lynn’s tip on how to prepare the perfect soil for planting vegetables!

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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.

 

VALERIE’S VIEW FROM THE GREENHOUSE!

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SPRING TIME WEATHER X  2!

As I mentioned last week, our weather changes by the minute. Those who did not believe me last week and started planting their annuals and vegetables are probably outside trying to figure out how to protect them now that the temperatures are dropping into the 30s at night.  My understanding is that we are also expecting some snow next week. Welcome to Santa Fe’s high desert climate.

With that said, we are this week starting to seed some vegetables like lettuce, kale, tomatoes and peppers.  Look for starts in about three to four weeks.  Two of my favorites are a little tomato called Coyote and the jalapeño called Much Nacho.  It is time to seed directly, spinach, kale, peas and other cool weather crops.

HAPPY GARDENING!
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK! GERANIUMS from PAYNE’S!

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Photo of Geraniums this Spring at Payne’s!

If you have a photo taken in one of our greenhouses or of your own garden or
landscape that contains products from Payne’s,
please send it to info@paynes.com!

If your photo is chosen, and used in our e-newsletter website or
other marketing materials, then you will receive a
Gift Certificate from Payne’s for $25!
Please make sure to give us your contact information in your email.