Twitter Garden Tips

 

April 23, 2017
Feed rhododendrons with acid fertilizer right after flowering.

April 22, 2017
Get outside to celebrate Earth Day.

 

April 21, 2017
Love your earthworms. They provide nutrient-rich castings that improve soil structure.

 

April 20, 2017
Make shallow space seem deeper by adding curved path in center.

 

April 19, 2017
Even in early spring, welcome guests with bloom-filled pots.

 

April 18, 2017
Orioles seek ripe fruit & hummingbird feeders in spring when there are fewer insects.

 

April 17, 2017
Dandelions are an important food source for pollinators.

 

April 16, 2017
Remove foil wrapper when watering Easter lilies.

 

April 15, 2017
Remove golden anthers of Easter lilies to extend the life of blooms.

 

April 14, 2017
Time to plant potatoes.

 

April 13, 2017
Soak pea seeds overnight before planting.

 

April 12, 2017
Protect wood window boxes by planting in plastic liners.

 

April 11, 2017
Avoid planting early bloomers in low areas of the garden.

 

April 10, 2017
Plant clematis a few inches deeper than it was in its pot.

 

April 9, 2017
Plant early spring bloomers to invite pollinators to your garden.

 

April 8, 2017
Kale offers lots of vitamins, potassium, fiber, magnesium & iron.

 

April 7, 2017
Put supports in place now so new growth will hide them.

 

April 6, 2017
Cut lavender back by one-third to plump buds.

 

April 5, 2017
Always follow the directions on the labels of fertilizers and chemicals.

 

April 4, 2017
Get those hummingbird feeders out. They’ll be back soon!

 

April 3, 2017
Time to plant seeds of zinnias for earlier summer blooms.

 

April 2, 2017
Invite natural predators to wage war on slugs.

 

April 1, 2017
Extend the lettuce harvest by planting new seeds every 2 weeks.

March 31, 2017
Healthy soil grows disease-resistant plants.

 

March 30, 2017
Plant early spring-blooming plants for pollinators.

 

March 29, 2017
Enjoy early spring-flowering bulbs.

 

March 28, 2017
A bird-friendly landscape attracts insects.

 

March 27, 2017
Don’t dig in wet soil. It will damage soil structure.

 

March 26, 2017
Don’t forget to thin seedlings.

 

March 25, 2017
Use burlap instead of coco liner in metal basket.

 

March 24, 2017
Time to plant tomato seeds.

 

March 23, 2017
Grow a plant you’ve never grown before this year.

 

March 22, 2017
Tuck succulents into crevices in stone walls.

 

March 21, 2017
Plants in shade emerge later than those in sun.

 

March 20, 2017
Get inspired at garden shows.

 

March 19, 2017
Be calm in a garden of cool colors.

 

March 18, 2017
Rev up landscape with hot colors.

 

March 17, 2017
Time to start seeds of peppers.

 

March 16, 2017
Disinfect tools as you move between trees.

 

March 15, 2017
Define curves with edging plants or hardscape like rocks or bricks.

 

March 14, 2017
Remove black or brown canes from roses.

 

March 13, 2017
Height differences in landscape create interest and movement.

 

March 12, 2017
Time to cut back dead foliage from perennials.

 

March 11, 2017
Feed the soil & the soil will feed the plants.

 

March 10, 2017
Formal plantings are ideal for gardens viewed from above.

 

March 9, 2017
Grow & divide hostas if you want plants for the shade fast.

 

March 8, 2017
Get a jump on weeds b/4 they get a jump on you!

 

March 7, 2017
Cut down ornamental grasses so sunlight boosts new growth.

 

March 6, 2017
Prune red twig dogwood. Young stems display best color.

 

March 5, 2017
Most conifers recover from winter burn. Wait for new growth before pruning.

 

March 4, 2017
It’s time to start seeds of broccoli & cauliflower.

 

March 3, 2017
Remove old nesting materials & clean birdhouses.

 

March 2, 2017
Wait to prune forsythia and lilacs until after they bloom.

 

March 1, 2017
Evergreens provide color in early spring landscape.

 

February 28, 2017
Feed spring bulbs with balanced fertilizer as foliage emerges from soil.

 

February 27, 2017
Root cuttings of English ivy now for spring containers.

 

February 26, 2017
Provide safety of dense shrubs or evergreens near bird feeders.

 

February 25, 2017
Plan for storm water drainage.

 

February 24, 2017
Screen unattractive views with tall plants.

 

February 23, 2017
Add kitchen scraps to the compost bin, even in winter.

 

February 22, 2017
Ponds invite mosquito-eating dragonflies to the garden.

 

February 21, 2017
If new plants weren’t mulched last fall, do it now to mitigate freeze/thaw cycles.

 

February 20, 2017
Warm temperatures are tempting, but don’t dig too soon.

 

February 19, 2017
Invite nature with birdbaths, birdhouses and feeders.

 

February 18, 2017
Plant in drifts instead of one of this and one of that.

 

February 17, 2017
Join the Great Backyard Bird Count 2/17-20.

 

February 16, 2017
Visit an orchid show at a botanic garden.

 

February 15, 2017
Garden in winter by making seed tapes.

 

February 14, 2017
Bouquets last longer with packets of preservative instead of home mixes.

 

February 13, 2017
Invite frogs and toads to the garden to eat slugs.

 

February 12, 2017
Pretty pots – even empty – add color and texture to the garden.

 

February 11, 2017
Include surprises in the garden.

 

February 10, 2017
Find a garden view from inside and decorate it with winter interest.

 

February 9, 2017
Choose plants with more than one season of interest.

 

February 8, 2017
Cover ugly walls with vines.

 

February 7, 2017
Shrubs add structure to containers year round.

 

February 6, 2017
Include places to sit and enjoy the garden.

 

February 5, 2017
Rock or wood piles offer shelter for small wildlife.

 

February 4, 2017
Compost improves structure and water-holding ability of soil.

 

February 3, 2017
Shop garage sales & flea markets for garden décor.

 

February 2, 2017
Get creative in winter. Build a bird house.

 

February 1, 2017
Browning leaf tips on houseplants mean not enough humidity in home.

 

January 31, 2017
Amaryllis help gardeners make it through the winter.

 

January 30, 2017
Clean clay pots. Soak in 1 gallon of water with 1 cup white vinegar. Then scrub with steel wool.

 

January 29, 2017
Check stored squash, potatoes & root crops for decay & remove before it spreads.

 

January 28, 2017
Bury a 3-segment piece of Christmas cactus in potting soil. It will root in 4 weeks.

 

January 27, 2017
Even in January thaw, save pond cleaning for spring. Fish are sleeping.

 

January 26, 2017
Invite diversity. Plants, animals, birds and insects create a healthy garden.

 

January 25, 2017
Squirrels are acrobatic because hind feet rotate 180 degrees.

 

January 24, 2017
Stay off the lawn in January to avoid soil compaction.

 

January 23, 2017
Bark is vital in gardens with four-season interest.

 

January 22, 2017
Check stored canna tubers to be sure they aren’t rotting or drying out.

 

January 21, 2017
Dust houseplants with large leaves to help plants breathe.

 

January 20, 2017
Make sure pond pumps are running so ponds with koi don’t freeze over.

 

January 19, 2017
In ice storms, let ice melt naturally from tree & shrub branches. Removing it may break branches.

 

January 18, 2017
Decide now where red twig dogwoods could add color to the garden next winter.

 

January 17, 2017
Remove amaryllis flowers as they fade. As foliage grows, keep plant in bright site and water when dry.

 

January 16, 2017
Start a garden journal. Your first entry can be seeds ordered.

 

January 15, 2017
If snow melts, help plants heaved out of soil. Gently push them back or cover roots with mulch.

 

January 14, 2017
Check stored dahlia tubers to be sure they aren’t rotting or drying out.

 

January 13, 2017
Increase humidity for houseplants by placing them on water-filled trays of pebbles.

 

January 12, 2017
In January thaw, reapply anti-desiccants to broad-leaved evergreens.

 

January 11, 2017
Read garden books & magazines in winter for inspiration.

 

January 10, 2017
Grow houseplants to clean air inside.

 

January 9, 2017
Use down time in winter to sharpen pruners. Sharp blades make the cleanest cuts.

 

January 8, 2017
Learn the language of seed catalogs.

 

January 7, 2017
Check viability of old seeds before ordering new seeds.

 

January 6, 2017
Peanut butter is a good source of nourishment for birds in winter.

 

January 5, 2017
Rhododendron leaves droop and curl under to protect the plant. It is not in distress.

 

January 4, 2017
A Christmas cactus flowers best when it is slightly pot bound.

 

January 3, 2017
Use boughs no longer needed in decorations to cover perennials prone to frost heaving.

 

January 2, 2017
Growing herbs indoors? Don’t overwater – they prefer dry soil.

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