Monday, 21 February 2011

Quick Garden Checklist

by Throwback at Trapper Creek

Our weather this time of year can be this one day.

But the next day it may be look like this.

When we get sunny dry days, even though it is too early yet for planting much in the way of garden, it's a good time to get some of the other things on our garden list done.

Garden Checklist for February in my area:

Divide or move plants like rhubarb, horseradish, hops, and caneberries.

Collect scion wood for grafting such as apples and pears.

Prune grape vines and take cuttings if you want to increase your plants.

Take a quick walk around all your garden areas and remove any junk such as boards, pots, plastic mulch. Basically look for things that slugs can be hiding under. By removing these items before planting you will be exposing the slugs and their eggs that have overwintered with all that protection. Hopefully a frost or two and/or birds will help set them back. If you keep a flock of chickens or ducks this would be a good time to turn them loose in the garden area.

Double check your seeds and order new if needed. If you're finding you had poor germination results last year, it may be a time to revisit your seed storage methods. While freezing is optimum, a dark, cool and dry place works very well, and has served gardeners for years before freezers were ever invented. Many times seed catalogs list seed life in the growing information box - check that out before you stock up on seeds. Territorial Seeds is a catalog that comes to mind.

If you haven't already, order potatoes, onions, and bareroot fruit trees, and berries.

Purchase amendments that you will need when the weather breaks so you can get started right away.

Inspect garden tools and equipment for needed repairs.

Sit back and enjoy your quiet time, once spring has sprung there will be no respite.

Happy Gardening!