Follow these helpful year round tips.
Mulch trees, shrubs, perennial beds, garden paths (if you haven’t) and fertilize pansies and ornamental cabbage·
Dormant spraying of fruit trees, cotoneaster, dogwoods,·
Prune deciduous trees and shrubs. Don't prune your spring flowering shrubs or hydrangeas because you will remove the flower.· Forsythia, Jasmine and Quince sprays can be cut and brought into the house now for forcing·
Use your fireplace ashes as fertilizer for your Iris and other alkaline soil plants (ok, I don’t think this really works, but I saw it online…. but bone meal, superphosphate and 6-10-10 are all effective)·
Turn your garden soil to expose insect eggs·
Force Hyacinth, Paper white Narcissus, and Lily of the Valley bulbs into bloom indoors, in a shallow bowl of water, or in pots·
Most people are tempted to get out in the yard every day and water. But tomatoes aren't happy if they get too much water.So how much water is too much??
The secret to watering for successful tomatoes: Always check your soil first. Yep. That's it. First stick your finger in to the soil by the root of your plant. If you feel ANY moisture, don't water! Wait until your finger comes up dry, THEN you can give your plant a good soaking.
Another secret to growing tomatoes? Plant basil next to them. Basil keeps insects from getting on your tomatoes as they don't like strong smell of the basil.
Back to enjoying a tomato sandwich...the first tomato in the garden was a Better Boy, next to come in are the Romas and the Rutgers!