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January Seasonal Tips


Naked Plants

January is sometimes called “the bare-root month” because of the wide selection of plants at local nurseries in bare-root form. “Bare-root” describes a plant that has had all the soil removed from its roots before shipping. Only plants that go dormant in winter can be sold in this form. In our region, the major plants sold this way are roses, cane berry bushes, deciduous fruit trees, ornamental deciduous trees and vines, strawberries and a few vegetables including artichokes, asparagus, horseradish, rhubarb, and short-day onions. The main advantages of these plants that “bare it all” is that they are cheaper than plants in containers and there is a huge selection to choose from, especially roses and fruit trees.


Keep Skunks Out Of Your Flowerbed

Protect your spring bulbs and annual flowers from being crushed by skunks. Don't throw away the thorny canes you prune off climbing roses; bend them around the borders of your flowerbeds to make a low fence. Peg them in place with bent sections cut from coat hangers. The canes will soon be hidden by foliage and flowers, but skunks won't cross the prickly obstacle.


Share Your Garden

Prune Camellias as you pick them. Whenever you leave the house break off a few blossoms with a short piece of stem and a few leaves. Give them to a friend, a co-worker or that special someone who you owe a lot of money to. It's all the pruning most camellias need!


Quick Tip

How to get peat moss wet. Pour a soup pot full of boiling water on a wheelbarrow full of peat moss, add water from a hose, and mix with a shovel. Let this sit several hours to cool. When using a lot of peat moss, wet it in batches, and cool the batches by spreading them on a paved area such as the patio or driveway.


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