All Posts   Posted:   February 6, 2018

FOR THE HOME: 

Cut branches from early-blooming trees/shrubs to bring indoors for forcing (good ones to cut: forsythia, flowering quince, cherry, plum, redbud, dogwood, and magnolia), place in vase of water to enjoy early blooms.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Bring easy color to front porch and walkway: Freshen up window boxes and flower pots with primroses, violas and/or pansies and some potted spring bulbs like daffodils. Plant with Gardener’s Gold potting soil, G&B All-Purpose Fertilizer and Sluggo pet-safe slug control.

Add fragrance to the garden with winter-blooming Daphne odora or evergreen clematis vine. 

FOR VALENTINE’S DAY:

Pick up a rose bush, new house plant or join us for one of our terrarium workshops.

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

Early arrivals are perfect for planting now while they are still dormant. We have just received shipments of fruit trees, berries, roses and more!                                                                                                         

Make sure plants & pots under porch and eaves get occasional watering when not raining

Till/turn under cover-crops & level soil (at least 2-3 weeks before planting spring crops).

Control the moss growing in flower beds, the lawn, your driveway & walkways with Lily Miller Moss Out.

Look for thin lawn patches in need of reseeding; apply lime if needed and fertilize with G&B Natural Lawn Food as weather warms. 

Fertilize spring blooming bulbs as they come up with G&B All-Purpose, slow-release fertilizer (fertilize again after they bloom). Protect from slugs & snails with Sluggo!

Use a dormant spray (final application) for pest/disease control on roses, fruit trees, dogwoods, & other deciduous trees/shrubs that struggled last season. We recommend Bonide Liquid Copper, Bonide Neem Oil, &/or Bonide All-Season Horticultural Oil.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

It's time to sow edible seeds indoors: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, & Brussel’s sprouts. Edible pea and sweet pea seeds can be planted in garden soil late this month. We recommend purchasing a soil thermometer to place in garden to see when it is warm enough to plant and having seed starting supplies ready: sterile soil mix, seeds, small containers/trays to plant into


IN THE GARDEN SHED:


Inspect garden tools, especially pruners; clean, sharpen & oil as needed. Bring hand pruners to the Portland Rose Society’s rose pruning clinic for free sharpening and soil pH testing. 12-3pm on February 24th at Cedar Hills and March 3rd at Lake Oswego.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

Prune (mid to late month): roses, summer-blooming deciduous clematis, fruit trees, blueberries, fall-bearing raspberries and twig dogwoods. It's also time to cut-back dormant ornamental grasses, old foliage on hellebores, epimediums & sword ferns. Invest in a new pair of thorn-proof gloves for pruning roses; goat skin works great! Replace the spring in felco hand pruners if it's too rusty to clean.

JUST FOR FUN:

Pot-up and bring a few bright yellow primroses into the house to add a bit of cheer and fragrance (yellow ones have the sweetest smell). 

FOR THE HOME: 

Cut branches from early-blooming trees/shrubs to bring indoors for forcing (good ones to cut: forsythia, flowering quince, cherry, plum, redbud, dogwood, and magnolia), place in vase of water to enjoy early blooms.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

Bring easy color to front porch and walkway: Freshen up window boxes and flower pots with primroses, violas and/or pansies and some potted spring bulbs like daffodils. Plant with Gardener’s Gold potting soil, G&B All-Purpose Fertilizer and Sluggo pet-safe slug control.

Add fragrance to the garden with winter-blooming Daphne odora or evergreen clematis vine. 

FOR VALENTINE’S DAY:

Pick up a rose bush, new house plant or join us for one of our terrarium workshops.

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

Early arrivals are perfect for planting now while they are still dormant. We have just received shipments of fruit trees, berries, roses and more!                                                                                                         

Make sure plants & pots under porch and eaves get occasional watering when not raining

Till/turn under cover-crops & level soil (at least 2-3 weeks before planting spring crops).

Control the moss growing in flower beds, the lawn, your driveway & walkways with Lily Miller Moss Out.

Look for thin lawn patches in need of reseeding; apply lime if needed and fertilize with G&B Natural Lawn Food as weather warms. 

Fertilize spring blooming bulbs as they come up with G&B All-Purpose, slow-release fertilizer (fertilize again after they bloom). Protect from slugs & snails with Sluggo!

Use a dormant spray (final application) for pest/disease control on roses, fruit trees, dogwoods, & other deciduous trees/shrubs that struggled last season. We recommend Bonide Liquid Copper, Bonide Neem Oil, &/or Bonide All-Season Horticultural Oil.

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

It's time to sow edible seeds indoors: cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, & Brussel’s sprouts. Edible pea and sweet pea seeds can be planted in garden soil late this month. We recommend purchasing a soil thermometer to place in garden to see when it is warm enough to plant and having seed starting supplies ready: sterile soil mix, seeds, small containers/trays to plant into


IN THE GARDEN SHED:


Inspect garden tools, especially pruners; clean, sharpen & oil as needed. Bring hand pruners to the Portland Rose Society’s rose pruning clinic for free sharpening and soil pH testing. 12-3pm on February 24th at Cedar Hills and March 3rd at Lake Oswego.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

Prune (mid to late month): roses, summer-blooming deciduous clematis, fruit trees, blueberries, fall-bearing raspberries and twig dogwoods. It's also time to cut-back dormant ornamental grasses, old foliage on hellebores, epimediums & sword ferns. Invest in a new pair of thorn-proof gloves for pruning roses; goat skin works great! Replace the spring in felco hand pruners if it's too rusty to clean.

JUST FOR FUN:

Pot-up and bring a few bright yellow primroses into the house to add a bit of cheer and fragrance (yellow ones have the sweetest smell).