Friday, January 27, 2012

January Gardening Tasks

Hello again,

 Here are a few tasks for most January gardeners in Skillin's Country. They are numbered in no special order. I am meaning to be brief here, let us know at or at our Facebook page if you have any questions! Or you can also call us at 781-3860 or 1-800-244-3860.

1. Be vigilant about checking your plants for pests. It is at this time of year that plants, pets, and even us are at pretty close quarters in our homes. And insect pests love close quarters. First of all, spray your plants with water in the sink fairly regularly. This will keep the leaves clean (plant pests love dusty leaves!). Moist leaves also are a good humidity source for your plants in our dry homes! If you do have some pests, chances are they are fresh insects clustered around new growth. Check this link for more detail on plant pests and how to safely deal with them!

2. Start planning your garden this year! Using a notebook, bulletin board think about what you would like to do. Think about what you would like to grow this year. Make some notes. And keep an eye on our many classes this Spring!

3. If you want to get outside, these are great conditions to prune your fruit trees to shape. I have a leaning flowering crab that may get a little trim soon!

4. Keep your bird feeders full, but make sure the food is dry! Birds do not like wet and soggy food! We have good quality food at very nice prices here at Skillin's!

Mike Skillin
Skillin's Greenhouses
January 26, 2012

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