Archive for February, 2011

Cold Spell in February

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I still like Febuary – I even like this cold spell we’re experiencing. It reminds us that spring isn’t here yet, but it won’t hurt the early buds that are starting to emerge on the plants.

I see the beginning buds on the forsythia, and soon it will be full of yellow color. I smell the fragrance of the sarcococca, and see the white blossoms in full bloom. You must have these plants in your yard to enjoy the coming of spring.

I’m going to start my peas in flats in my kitchen as I do every year. I’m planting Tall Telephone peas that produce the shelling peas for freezing. It beats the store frozen peas for tenderness and flavor.
I’m also planting Sugar Snap peas that can be eaten right of the vine or in stir fry.

The garden soil needs to be turned over and compost from the compost pile needs to be mixed in to prepare the beds for the peas.

Is it Spring yet?

Friday, February 18th, 2011

February is so transitional. One day it’s still winter and next day is sunny and spring-like. My little white snowdrops are popping up now on the side of the house where no one can see them. I want to dig up some and plant them in my front garden bed, just a little clump here and there so it looks natural.

I see one purple crocus starting to bloom. Where are the others? I’ll have to plant new bulbs this fall.

It might be a tad early to prune roses, but it is time to prune fruit trees. I got a new aluminum ladder so I can get going on them.

Welcome to the 2011 Gardening Season

Friday, February 11th, 2011

The freeze we had before Thanksgiving really affected a lot of plants which didn’t have a chance to harden before winter.

We just have to wait to see what plants were affected by the sudden freeze.

A lot of weeds lived through the winter though. I have to turn over the soil before they get going. If you completely shovel the soil over and cut out all light the weeds usually compost about the time we plant the pea seeds. You have to really cover them; don’t let them get any light.

I see the rhubarb made it through the winter as usual and their pink new buds are emerging out of the soil. I’m to spread new compost around the little buds after I weed and loosen the soil.