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 Thursday, June 21st, 2018

January 31, 2009

January Gardening: General Care

Winter gardening makes for a much sweeter spring. Here are a few quick tips to protect and plan.

• Don't use ashes or salt to clear garden paths of ice. This could damage plants that are growing in between the slabs.

• Avoid walking in your garden if it is covered in snow. Lawn edges and plants could break.

• Start planning for next season. Send away for seed and plant catalogues. Do not wait until late in the winter to order seeds. Many varieties sell out early.

• Make a note of which varieties of flowers and vegetables do best and which do poorly in your garden.

• When planning for next season; don't give tender plants an East facing position. Early morning sun can quickly thaw and damage frozen plants.

• If you have containers that are not being used throughout the winter, be sure to turn them over to keep them from collecting water that could freeze and crack the container.

• If you have plants growing outside in containers, be sure to wrap the pot with an insulating material to help keep the roots warm.

• To clean crusty clay pots, add one cup each of white vinegar and household bleach to a gallon of warm water and soak the pots. For heavily crusted pots, scrub with a steel wool pad after soaking for 12 hours.

• Don't throw out that ash if you're burning wood in the fireplace this winter! Save it until next spring then spread it in your gardens. Scatter it around your carrots, radishes and onions to keep root maggots away. It will also improve the flavor of your potatoes. Wood ash is high in potassium and will raise the pH of soil.

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