Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > January 2015 > GARDEN TALK with DOUG - JANUARY GARDEN THOUGHTS


     January is National Garden Catalogue Month – for a good reason.  The colder winter days of January are an excellent time to sit down and put onto paper some of your plans for your gardens for the upcoming spring season.  Spend some quality time researching and planning your garden this spring.
  • January is a good time to clean your old clay pots.  Soak them in vinegar to help remove salt deposits.
  • Use a soft broom to brush snow off of plants, such as boxwoods and hollies, before ice forms.  The weight of snow could cause damage to limbs.
  • On nice, warm days in January, get outside and walk around your gardens.  Enjoy the beauty of the shrubs and trees in their “naked” state.  And, at the same time, it is great exercise and a great time to reflect on what you may want to do come spring.
  • Now is a good time to clean all your gardening tools before you begin to use them in the spring.  When clean and dry, use a broad file to sharpen shovels, hoes, pruners, and other equipment for the upcoming season.
  • Did you know that using salt product as ice melt on sidewalks and driveways can do harm to your bordering shrubs if salt should get into your planting beds. 
  • A new terminology I learned recently  -  TECHNO-FERENCE.  Techno-ference is defined as allowing modern technology gadgets to interfere with our natural daily routines.  In this case, allowing modern technology to interfere with our ability to connect with nature.  On nice days, leave your cel phone in the house.  Take time to reconnect with nature.  Listen to the birds, watch the squirrels, listen to the rustling leaves.  And, don’t forget to share this experience with other family members – especially children.
     Happy New Year!  Let’s make 2015 a memorable year in gardening.  This is my one New Years’ resolution.
Posted: 1/2/2015 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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