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SAVE THE DATE! FREE SPRING WORKSHOPS BEGIN ON SATURDAY – MARCH 3, 2018!

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Plan to attend some informative, fun and interesting talks absolutely FREE!

Join us next Saturday, March 3rd as we KICK-OFF our FREE Spring Workshops at 11:00 AM at our SOUTH store at 715 St. Michael’s Dr.

TJ Jones will be presenting the first workshop on:
Spring Garden Clean Up and What To Do Now!

Participants will receive a 20% discount card to use the day of the workshop.

SAVE YOUR SATURDAYS THRU APRIL! A complete list of workshops and dates will be posted on the website.

Check back soon!

TIME TO SPRAY, PRUNE and CLEAN UP FOR PLANTING!

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Most of us are more than ready for Spring, but it won’t officially arrive until Tuesday, March 20. Meanwhile, since it’s been warmer…it’s time pull on the garden gloves and head outside. It’s time to spray trees with dormant oil and time to prune.

And it’s almost time to plant cool-weather crops such as lettuces, peas, leeks, onions, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, garlic, potatoes, onions, and carrots. Our rule of thumb is to put seeds in the soil around St. Patrick’s Day, assuming it’s not snowing too hard to do so.

Mulch, Mulch, Mulch

It’s pretty obvious that a warm, dry spring is going to follow our (mostly) warm, dry winter. If you need large quantities of mulch, compost or soils contact Payne’s Organic Soil Yard at 424-0336.

Click here for information.

Here are other suggestions for early spring gardening:

* Cut back perennials

* If you have a lawn, thatch it, rake up the thatch or mow over it to pick up the thatch and start weekly watering. Don’t turn on your irrigation systems yet, use a hose and sprinkler for now.

* Apply a slow-release fertilizer on bulbs. Bulb food is a great choice and it’s available at both Payne’s stores.

* Rake up leaves and compost if possible.

WHAT TO DO IN FEBRUARY? EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

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Now’s a great time to buy all the supplies you’ll need for seed starting. We 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 florescent 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 – and remember to stretch (ge-e-e-e-ently).

VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!

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WEEK 8 IN THE GREENHOUSE!

With our crazy weather this year, we do not know if we should be planting early spring crops or mid season crops, so we chose to stay on course and plant what we normally plant at this time of year.

We have begun planting Ivy Geraniums in baskets and pots. More and more Zonal Geraniums. We also have Tuberous Begonias both in baskets and pots. Towards the front of the greenhouse, we have baskets with Proven Winner selections. We are also dabbling with a few specialty herbs like Pineapple Sage. As these crops mature, we will move them into the sales house and fill the benches again with other crops.

Next week, we will start some of our cooler season crops like pansies, snapdragons and stock. We will continue to fill the tables as if everything is still as it has been in the past.

HAPPY GARDENING!

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