This “Global Warming” is freezing and ruining my plants. The weather forecasters are telling us only 40-50 days until Spring arrives. Most of the gardeners I have spoken with haven’t been able to spend time preparing the soil for Spring planting.
Spring fever is becoming serious and there are some chores that should be done in February: Finish transplanting established trees and shrubs. Remove the old asparagus growth- cut to the ground, fertilize, mulch and keep watered. Add new crowns at this time if you want more asparagus. Plant cool seasonal vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and potatoes 8 weeks prior to the last killing frost. Plant leafy and root vegetables, like lettuce, spinach, radishes, carrots, and turnips, 2-4 weeks prior to the last killing freeze. Cool season flowering annuals, pansies, snapdragons, larkspur, pinks, Johnny Jump-Ups, and petunias should be planted now. Check your garden centers for more choices. Prune overgrown hedges just before new growth begins. Cutting too early the plants will put on new growth and it could freeze back and damage or kill the plants. Bareroot roses, fruit and nut trees will be arriving in garden centers this month. Make sure you choose the recommended variety for our area. Before planting, check harvest time on seed packs and visit area garden centers.
Half of your success comes from doing the right thing. The other half comes from doing them at the right times.
The Groundhog saw his shadow; 6 more weeks of winter.