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January 2017 Gardening Tips

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JANUARY 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    Have you ever wished you had a checklist of stuff to do each month in your garden? When I was a new gardener, I really could have used some checklist help! As a seasoned gardener, I have a running checklist in my head all the time. Starting this month, our monthly tips page will be in a checklist format! But even better than that, we've created a printable version for you to download!! The online Tips version will still have all the links to videos and more detailed information but the printable version will have space for your own gardening notes and a special challenge each month.

    We're always thinking of you and ways to encourage you in your gardening endeavors! We hope you enjoy our new format and welcome your feedback!
    -Mary


     

    WHAT IS BARE-ROOT SEASON?

    “Bare-root Season” means that you can save money! Bare-root is just what it sounds like, the deciduous plant (trees, shrubs and some perennials that shed their leaves each year) is not planted in any soil mix; what you buy is a plant with its roots usually snuggled in some form of sawdust so the roots stay moist. The reason you save money is because you are not paying for the soil, container and the employee’s time potting the plant up and maintaining it. You can save up to 70 percent of what you might pay to buy the same plant just months from now.

    This is the time of year when nurseries are not only selling many choices of roses bare-root but many fruits as well.  Since bare-root stock take up less room in the nursery than potted plants, you will usually find more of a selection of different varieties of pomegranate, blueberries, apple, pear, persimmon, raspberries, fig, and many more. For instance, instead of just the typical variety of ‘Wonderful’ being sold as a potted pomegranate, in a locally owned nursery you may find up to 10 different varieties of bare-root pomegranate such as ‘Fleishman’, ‘Granada’, ‘Red Silk’, or ‘Sweet’ which has yellow flowers instead of the usual orange flowers of pomegranate. Also sold as bare-root are some flowering shrubs such as Lilac and flowering quince.

    Being willing to bundle yourself up and get out there in the weather shopping for unusual bare-root plants will increase the uniqueness of your garden. Go early in the month before the stock is picked over. You want to find plump, moist (but not slimy) roots with healthy well placed limbs. Many local nursery professionals can help you choose your plant if you feel you need a little help. No matter the weather, The Gardening Tutor is always available to bring along as your personal shopper.

    Once you have your bare-root plants back home, make sure to either plant right away or keep the roots moist until planting. Some gardeners even soak the roots for a few hours before planting but do not keep the roots in water for days on end. Another way to go is to plant your bare-root in a 5 gallon container in a well draining soil mix. This is the way to go if you would like to encourage faster root growth. If you know that you will keep the 5 gallon container watered properly until next fall you will be rewarded with lots of roots that grew in the warmth of that 5 gallon container. Although it’s not necessary to pot up your bare-root plant for a year, more roots at planting time will give your plant more of a head start then planting when bareroot.

    January 2017
    Gardening Checklist
    What to SHOP for...
    Checkbox Bulbs - Spring Planted-Summer Blooming Bulbs start arriving in nurseries at the end of January. Shop early in the season for best selection. Choose bulbs that are blemish free and heavy for their size.
    Checkbox Quick Color for Winter - Primrose, Bellis perennis, Cyclamen
    Checkbox Bareroot - Fruit trees, Blueberries, Rhubarb, Lilacs, Roses
    Checkbox Hardy Shrubs - Camellias, Daphne, Lavender, Rosemary, Forsythia
       
    Tasks to do...
    Checkbox Dormant Spray - Fruit Trees, Roses, Fuchsias and any dormant plant that had infestations of insects or fungus last season. Remember to spray the soil under and around your plants.
    Checkbox Prune - Roses, Hardy fruit trees, Lemon verbena. Watch The Gardening Tutor Pruning Videos on our website or our YouTube Channel. For some extra confidence building for pruning your roses, read The Mystical Rose by The Gardening Tutor.
    Checkbox Check on plants growing under the eves - The rain may not reach these plants and you'll need to water them. In general, dry plants will be damaged more by frost than hydrated plants.
    Checkbox Weed - Keeping weeds pulled now will keep them from going to seed. Plus the garden will be ready for spring planting when the weeds are under control! Watch The Gardening Tutor Weed Video on our website or on our YouTube Channel to learn more about how weeds grow and how to control them.
       
    Free printable...
      Looking for a way to stay organized in your garden?
    Download this Free Printable Gardening Checklist* and you’ll be amazed how inspired you’ll feel!
    Let us know how you’re doing. You can do it!
    Remember, this printable was created as a short list of tasks with minimal information. If you would like more in-depth information,
    you can always refer back to the checklist above each month for more details.
     

    The Gardening Tutor January 2017 Printable

    *Colors may vary depending upon your computer screen and printer.


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