While February is the shortest month of the year, it seems like one of the longest because we are waiting, so impatiently, for garden season to begin. Luckily, there are lots of things to do this month that will make our thumbs feel a little greener.
The D&B Garden Show will be discussing a lot of fun things this month. On February 6th I’ll be visiting with Melinda Jean Stafford about honey bees. She’ll share things to consider if putting a bee hive in your garden has been on your mind. If you already have bees, Melinda will help us figure out what we should be doing this time of year to keep our hives healthy. She will also share some timely tips about what to do before the bees start to become active.
The ever popular Chick Days will be happening in March, so before the chicks arrive, we’ll talk to Gretchen Anderson about different chicken varieties and things to know before bringing home new chicks. D&B will be providing some FREE chicken classes, put on by the Nutrena folks, starting this month as well. Look for them in Emmett on 2/27 at 10:30 am, 2/27 in Ontario at 2:00pm and on 3/3 in Nampa at 6:00pm.
Towards the end of the month, we will talk to Laura Blodgett about building raised beds. It’s a great way to garden and if you’ve been considering raised beds. Laura will give some good pointers about how to get started.
If your green thumb is itching, here are a few things you can do now to begin ‘The Season.”
Take a look at your houseplants. If they are beginning to show new growth you may start the fertilizer cycle again. If they need repotting, now’s the time. Only move up one pot size.
Force some flowering branches. Cut branches from forsythia, fruit trees or other early spring flowering trees or shrubs. Put them in a vase of water, put them in bright light and in a few weeks, enjoy the flowers.
Did you overwinter geraniums? Bring them out of storage, cut back by half, water well and put them in a bright window out of direct sun. They’ll look great by the time our last average frost date has passed (May 10th) and you can put them out in your garden again.
Check your perennials. If they have been heaved out of the ground by frost, settle them back into place and pat soil around their roots to avoid them drying out.
Sharpen your pruning tools and lawnmower blades before you actually need to use them. It will make your work much easier when the work begins. While you’re at it, use about 120 grit sandpaper to sand your tool handles then oil them with boiled linseed oil. Your hands will thank you. Use proper disposal of the oily rags to prevent spontaneous fires.
Listen to the D&B Garden Show on Saturday mornings, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on KID0 580 am, and join the show with your questions and comments. I’d love to visit with you about your garden!
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