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January ‘to-do’ list
From my favorite gardening guide:
“On cold, nasty days look through your garden catalogs. Plan to try something new in the garden this year.
Shrubs and trees may be planted or transplanted this month. Plant no deeper than the soil line of the root ball, but three times as wide. Prune back one-quarter of the growth to compensate for root loss. Water in well, leaving no air pockets.
Tulips and daffodils may be planted.
Annuals and perennials may be sown into the garden at this time. Perennial herbs may be sown outside. Start basil inside.
English peas, collards, spinach, lettuce, leeks and mustard may be sown outside in January, carrots and beets later in the month.
Add lime and other nutrients to soil as indicated by a soil analysis by your county Extension service. No lime for azaleas, camellias and other acid loving plants. Lime takes several months to activate.
Throw coffee grounds on your azaleas and camellias.
Try starting hardwood cuttings in a deep bed of peat moss in a sheltered location. Dip first into root hormone and keep watered. Roots should be established by May or June.”
The 2008 Master Gardener Program is taught at the Bamboo Farm & Coastal Gardens on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The course begins Feb. 5 and concludes April 29. Applications can be found at or by calling the extension office at 876-2133.
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