February 2017 Tip
February is a lovely month to:
Prune Blueberries, Grapes, Apple & other fruit trees.
Force branches of Forsythia, Japanese Quince, Flower Almond & Apple. Make a slanting cut in step & keep in deep water in a shady area until flowering.
Beets-One of the few root vegetables that can be successfully transplanted. Start now for April planting.
Celery-Celery seeds are slow to developinto hardy transplants. Start early, keep moist & at about 65 degrees during the first 3-4 week germination.
Leeks-Leeks need a very early start. When seedlings are 1" tall, thin to 1" intervals. They should be hardened off before entering the garden in late April.
Onions-Sow seed in February to give 2 months of growing time before they go to ground. Transplant to 1" intervals.
Lettuce-Sow lettuce seeds inside in February, transplant to garden in late April, have a salad in May!
Annuals-Begonia, Petunia, and Ageratum are all slow to develop. Other flowers one could start are: Coleus, Snapdragon, Salvia & Portulaca.
February 6th is the Feast Day of Saint Dorothy, Patron Saint of Gardens.
March 2017 Tip
March is the month to:
Seeds to start indoors include: Flowers: Ageratum, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, Carnation, Coleus, Nigella, single Petunia, Statice, Stocks, Verbena, Vinca Rosea. Vegetables: Broccoli, Beets, Celeriac, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Leeks, Lettuce. Herbs: Chamomile, Sage, Thyme, Parsley (Parsley seeds are slow to germinate, 3-4 weeks. To encourage sprouting soak seeds in warm water for several hours. Keep moist during germination. Set out in May.)
Seeds to start indoors in late March: Peppers, Tomatoes, & Eggplant.
Plant outside in mid to late March if ground is workable: Leeks, Lettuce, Onion Sets, Peas, Radish, Sage, Shallots, Spinach, Thyme, Turnips.
Prune: Apples, Pears, Grapes & Blueberries.
Wait until April to prune: Cherries, Peaches, & Apricots.