DO FEBRUARY 2018
1. The bareroot fruit trees
are in. Get them now. By late
February or so we start potting them up - and with this warm weather, it might
be sooner rather than later. *Just a reminder that when you get a bareroot
tree, it is important to cut back the top pretty hard. Prune for structure.
Don't worry about fruit the first year. It also balances the top with the roots.
Your tree will love you for it. If they don't get pruned, sometimes they dry out
or die back or don't leaf out. Not sure? Ask one of us how to do it.
Last chance to spray Liqui-Cop for Peach Leaf Curl. Cherries, plums, apricots,
apples, pears etc. don't get Peach Leaf curl but they have other diseases that
the copper spray works well on as a preventative - but do it before the trees
3. We still have quarts of
the following: Blueberries, Olives, Figs, Blackberries, Raspberries,
Boysenberries, Hardy Kiwi, Pomegranate, Goji Berry & Mulberry. Blueberries are
already starting to flower - that mean berries later! While they last. Later in
March they all get potted up too.
4. Haven't had much rain so
it's easy to keep up with the weeds using Kill-Zall at only $39.99 a gallon
(same as Roundup). Spray now or weed-eat later. It will rain again!
5. Seed Potatoes are
selling fast. Don't wait! They are fun to grow and you can get a bunch of
potatoes from 2 lbs.
6. Start your seeds now
inside your house, greenhouse or cold frame. (4-6 weeks before the last frost.)
Frost cloth covering seeds works well too. Look at the info on the seed packet
for the best time to plant.
7. Divide perennials now
just before they start to push new
growth. Cut off old growth hard. Get a nursery knife or old knife and cut or pry
plants apart. It's easier to divide if you cut some of the roots off the bottom
8. Didn't prune your roses
or fruit trees yet. You can still do it. Heck, I'm always late getting around to
that stuff. Thin out skinny, weak or crowded branches. Remove old branches and
keep the younger, more robust branches.
9. If you've been waiting
to prune your cherries and apricots, you can do that too. It's best to prune
them at the later part of winter to avoid disease issues.
Time to fertilize soon. Plants will be pushing new growth out before you know
it. Having the nutrients there for them is the same as having a nice breakfast
after you wake up in the morning. We have everything for liquid to granular
including lots of organic fertilizers that release slowly. Groganic (5-3-2) is a
certified organic pelleted chicken manure with 7% calcium. A great fertilizer
for vegetables or just about anything. 40 pounds for only $15.99. We also have
Triple 10, Triple 16 and all kinds of specialty fertilizers.
11. Getting spring bulbs
soon: Gladiolas and Dahlias.
12. Soon it will be time to
do a preventive treatment for rose diseases. Aphids are on the way too. Bayer
All-in-One (liquid or granular) takes care of fertilizing, insects and disease.
Use during spring when aphids and disease are at their worst.