Monday, February 04, 2008

February Garden Talk

It was a beautiful weekend here at the beach, and we took the opportunity to transplant our camillia bushes to the southwest side of the property. All transplanting here should be done by mid-Feb., so the plants have enough of a root system established by spring to absorb the water demanded by the top of the plant.

Now is also the time for my most dreaded of all yardwork: raking. Its time to put all the leaves and grass clippings in a pile, ready for compost and/or yard-waste pick up. (With 15 mature water oaks on the property, trust me, we have enough leaves for both!!)

Begin preparation for the spring garden this month, as well; spade/till the area at least two weeks before planting seeds in order for grass and weeds to have time to decompose. Vegetables that can be planted this month include brocolli, cabbage, lettuce, potatoes, radishes and turnips. Annuals to plant; baby's breath, dusty miller, daisies, petunias, snapdragons.

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