January: Composting in the Winter

Continue to add vegetable scraps and other compostable household waste to your compost pile throughout the winter.  To keep your ‘greens and browns’ in balance, cover your kitchen waste periodically with leaves that you have saved or shredded newspaper.  Decomposition…

January: Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is a good gardening practice to care for your soil and to reduce the risk of pests and diseases affecting your vegetable crops.  It means that you do not grow the same vegetable in the same place in…

January: Make a Seed Starting Calendar

As you pore over the seed catalogues that are fast arriving now, note the time required for your choices to germinate and then grow to harvest or bloom. Then make up a calendar to make sure you get your seeds…

January: Plan Ahead

January is the perfect month to review your garden catalogues and consider what you want to grow this spring.  Place your seed order as some plants need to be started indoors many weeks before their outdoor planting date.  …

January: Propagating Succulents

Many succulents produce baby plants (pups) around the mother plant.  To grow plants from these pups, pull the soil back from the plant to cut the pup off where it joins the mother plant.  Leave the pup exposed to the…

January: Call an Arborist

Winter is the right time to have a diseased or dangerous tree removed. Arborists are less busy at this time of year and there is no foliage to obscure their view. They will perform their work on a day when…

January: Adding Humidity

Many of our indoor plants require more humidity than our homes can provide.  Increase the humidity around your plants by standing them on a  lined with pebbles.  Fill the tray with water to just below the top of the pebbles…

January: Vegetable Families

Every vegetable is a member of a vegetable family.  For example – peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant are all members of the Solanaceae (tomato) family.   Members of the same vegetable family tend to attract the same pests and diseases and…

January: Grow Paperwhite Narcissus

Bring some spring indoors with easy-to-grow paperwhite narcissus. Simply put a layer of stones or beach glass in a container and top with the bulbs. Place more stones or glass around and between the bulbs, leaving the tops exposed. Add…