Start the new year with a garden journal. Note the weather, plants in bloom, chores completed, and plants you added to your garden. Over time, these monthly observations will sharpen your gardening skills.
Joelyn James, MG
Things to Do This Month
Tips for the Month
Have you had a tetanus booster in the last 10 years? You should. The bacteria that causes tetanus lives in soil, potting mix and manure.
"From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens - the garden outdoors, the garden of pots and bowls in the house, and the garden of the mind's eye."
- Katherine S. White
This is a good time to take a critical look at your yard. Recalling the past seasons, is there any area that you would like to revise or change? List your ideas on paper and research what plants you would like to replace. Remember to think of size, texture and shape when looking at the overall picture. One might also look at the amount of trimming and cleanup needed to maintain your new plantings. It is easier to plan ahead than to look back and wish that you had planted smarter.
Are you planning to add new beds to your landscape? This is a wonderful time to sketch ideas on paper. On a pleasant day, lay out your garden hose in the shape and size of the new bed. Spend some time looking at the area. Get a head start on your beds by taking a soil sample to your extension service to ascertain your soil pH. When the results are returned use them in conjunction with your sketches to determine the best plants to use in your new beds. The library and the extension service are excellent resources for plants that do well in your soil and area.