Saturday, March 01, 2008



Be sure to fertilize that poinsettia.

Check your stored bulbs to be sure they're not being eaten by

Also, remove forced bulbs from cold storage. Put them in a cool place until they begin to sprout, then bring them into the place you want to have them bloom.

This is a good time to buy summer blooming bulbs.

Start seeds inside.

Begonias can be started in peat moss.

If you haven't done so yet, start planning a new garden!

If you have a lawn, this is a good time to send the mower in for
a tune-up.

Fruit trees should be pruned of dead and diseased branches. Check
a reference book and give them a general pruning as well.

Keep your pruning shears away from spring blooming trees and shrubs, except to
snip a few for inside forcing! (Although you should certainly remove dead and diseased branches.) Some good forcing candidates are: cherry, apple, dogwood and forsythia. Just remember that whatever you cut off now will not be blooming in a few months!

Talk about pruning shears...sharpen them before using.

Park Seed Seeds


At March 01, 2008, Anonymous annette said...

I assumed it was too early to prune. Would you wait until late March because of all the snow this year? I'm not sure I can even get to the trees with 4 ft of snow in the backyard!

At March 01, 2008, Blogger North Country Maturing Gardener said...

Hi Annette,
Late winter is a good time to prune because the tree is totally dormant. There are no leaves so you have a better vision of the tree. There is not much sap running yet either.
You're right, it would be difficult to get to your trees because of all the snow in your yard, however there are those in more southern New England "climes" that don't have so much snow. AND for all we know, it could rain tomorrow, melting all that snow.
So, I'll stick with my theory. :-)


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