Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Take Down Outdoor Lights

 Choose a relatively warm day this month to take down outdoor lights from trees and shrubs. By not waiting, you’ll avoid the need for extra care to prevent damage to swelling leaf and flower buds.


 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Be Kind to Over-Wintering Birds

They need readily-available food; especially access to high energy food such as suet and seeds. Change water in bird baths frequently. Feeding the birds encourages them to stay around for spring when they’ll eat insects as well as remaining weed seeds.


 

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Keeping a Garden Journal

The start of a new year is an excellent time to begin keeping a garden journal. Start with your memories of what worked best in last year’s gardens. Use those to guide your plans for this year, always remembering in no two years are the weather, insects or anything else ever the same.


 

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Indoor Work

Have you cleaned your tools yet? Save tools – and time – in the spring by cleaning and sharpening metal tools such as trowels, shovels and hoes on those gray days and long, dark evenings.



Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Protect Your Plants - Part IV

Finally, when choosing new plants remember most natives evolved along with deer, and such plants have natural defenses. These can take the form of nasty tasting chemicals in their leaves and bark — protecting themselves so you don’t have to.


 

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Protect Your Plants - Part III

Deciduous plants with an open framework of branches are best surrounded by a “stay-away” fence of chicken wire or burlap. Wrap vulnerable trunks of small or new trees with a paper or plastic tube designed to deter small animals from eating the bark. Remove the tube early in the spring to prevent any heat build-up as the sun gets stronger. Preventing animals from feasting on bark or leaf and flower buds, as well as tender branches, means a better spring for you and your plants.