Tips for January – the month to plan

Flowers Check your mulch for winter protection Plan additions or changes while you can see your “bare” beds Garden Order seed / plant catalogs Plot your garden on paper and remember to rotate crops Lawn Avoid walking on frozen lawns to prevent winter damage Trees/Shrubs Gently brush snow from trees and shrubs to prevent damage […]

Tips for February – the month to wait

Flowers Check stored bulbs, corms, and tubers – discard any that are soft or diseased Garden Order seeds Cut-back raspberries Lawn Avoid walking on frozen lawns to prevent winter damage Trees/Shrubs Gently brush snow from trees and shrubs to prevent damage De-icing salt is harmful, protect your trees and shrubs   Take advantage of occasional […]

Tips for March – the month that begins the gardening season

Flowers Fertilize bulbs after blooming with balanced fertilizer or a mixture of bonemeal and dehydrated cow manure Fertilize perennials as they start to grow; especially heavy feeders like astilbes, daylilies and peonies with 5-10-5 organic fertilizer or aged manure Divide perennials as needed Cut-back grasses, coneflowers, sedum heads, liriope, evergreen ferns, and other perennials Prune […]

Tips for April – the fluctuating weather month

Flowers Remember that it is still too early to plant non-hardy flowers (last chance of frost is mid-May) Direct sow hardy annuals, biennials, and perennials (larkspur, annual poppies, and sweet peas) Provide supports for peonies and other perennials that need staking Divide and/or transplant perennials; train climbers onto trellises Prune roses to buds that point […]

Tips for May – the first spring planting month

Flowers Direct sow annuals, biennials, and perennials after mid-May – last chance of frost Transplant seedlings after hardening Plant tender summer blooming bulbs (begonias, caladiums, cannas, dahlias, and gladiolas) Plant containers and hanging baskets Mix flowers and herbs so pests aren’t attracted to one location Deadhead spent flowers on bulbs – prune foliage AFTER turns […]

Tips for June – the fast growth month

Flowers Deadhead annuals and perennials to encourage rebloom Watch for Japanese beetles and pick them off into soapy water in the early morning before they wake up Check for signs of disease or insect damage and treat accordingly Water container plants frequently as they dry out faster Continue to fertilize with manure tea, fish emulsion, […]

Tips for July – the first full summer month

Flowers Continue to cut-back early perennials and annuals to promote fall rebloom Watch for Japanese beetles and pick them off into soapy water in the early morning before they wake up If perennial foliage looks bad, cut it back for regrowth (bee balm, hostas, and other durable plants) Continue to deadhead roses; watch for powdery […]

Tips for August – the height of harvest month

Flowers Weed! Cut flowers in the morning before the heat opens them up Divide crowded daylilies and irises; plant bare-root irises Propagate perennials by cuttings Order bulbs, fruits, and perennials for fall planting Garden Weed! Plant garlic for harvesting next summer Later in the month, plant cool season vegetables and herbs (radishes, lettuces, spinach) Propagate […]

Tips for September – the fall planting month

Flowers Plant spring-blooming bulbs – one of fall’s exciting activities Plant fall flowers (colchicum and crocus bulbs, pots of aster, biennial seeds, and fall pansies) Plant ornamental grasses Fertilize roses for the last time to allow them to harden off before winter; continue deadheading Start edging and mulching beds; be sure they are weed free; […]

Tips for October – the month fall color arrives

Flowers Continue edging and mulching beds; be sure they are weed free; clean out faded flowers and vegetables Plant fall bloomers like asters, ornamental cabbage and kale Continue planting spring-blooming bulbs, divide and plant perennials Propagate annuals and perennials by cuttings Bring any tender flowers inside (geraniums) to overwinter Dig up tender bulbs after foliage […]

Tips for November – the beginning of the holiday season

Garden Harvest cool season crops; they will be sweeter with a slight frost Keep cleaning garden beds and composting Cut asparagus fronds and mulch with leaves Finish turning beds; add compost, straw and rotted manure to enrich Lawn Finish edging, mulching and weeding Turn off outside water Empty gas and / or oil from garden […]

Tips for December – the beginning of Winter

Selecting your Christmas tree Needles should be green and flexible. Lift the tree off the ground a few inches, and drop it in the cut-end – you should not see needles fall to the ground. Make sure to ask for a “fresh cut” before leaving the lot. Cut-Your-Own farms provide trees – as well as […]