Things to do in the garden this month
Select and plant spring blooming bulbs this month and early next. There’s nothing like cheerful Daffodils coloring up cold February days.
Keep Tulips, Daffodils and Hyacinth cool until the weather outside is wintery. They benefit from being refrigerated for 4 to 6 weeks. Plant them by Thanksgiving weekend. Plant Iris, freesias, and others now.
Plant holiday favorites now. Plant hollies and other berry producing shrubs for winter decoration indoors and out. Try pomegranates and persimmons for ornamental and edible fruit.
Onion, Garlic, and Shallot Sets Are In! Ready to plant now for harvest next summer. Choose from red, yellow, or white onions, shallots, and white or pink garlic. Place bulbs 3 to 4 inches apart in rows that are 15 to 18 inches apart. Onions and garlic are shallow rooted plants, so keep them moist and free of weeds. Winter rains will soon do all the watering for you, making onions and garlic some of the easiest vegetables to grow in the garden.
Make sure to keep your gardenia green this winter. Feed with Master’s Azalea, Camellia, Gardenia Food and Iron Sulfate. When the soil cools they can no longer absorb nutrition.
Plant sweet peas from seed or transplants for late winter bloom. Choose old-fashioned climbing types or newer bush varieties. Protect them from snails and slugs with Bug-geta plus Snail, Slug, and Insect Control or Sluggo Plus.
Plant winter vegetables from transplants this month. Choose six pack plants. Protect them from cabbage worms with Monterey B.T., a safe biological control.
Azaleas, Camellias & Rhododendron Care For Fall. This is the month to switch from growth to bloom food for azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons. From October to the finish of bloom feed monthly with Master Bloom. This phosphorous rich food is great for flower bud development. Rose and lilac growers have also reported fall and winter applications of Master Bloom have enhanced flowering.