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IN THE DIRT with DOUG - JANUARY GARDENING THOUGHTS AND TIPS

The weather in December was sure a pleasant welcoming – especially with all the recent rainfall.  We never want our plants to be dry going into the cold months of January and February.  And, as we begin 2016, our rivers, streams, lakes, reservoirs, and underground aquifers are mostly full.
                On nice, warm days in January, get outside and walk around your gardens and yard.  Besides getting fresh air and some exercise, this is a good time to examine the plants and to think on what you may want to do come spring.
                While outside, this is a good time to dig up some soil and have a soil test done of your different gardens – especially the vegetable garden.
                For you hoping to develop more winter interest in your gardens, January is a good month to visit Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens or Maymont and observe their plantings.  These gardens are wonderful resources and excellent sources for ideas.
                Now is a good time to clean and sharpen all your gardening tools before you begin to use them in the spring.
                January is a good time to clean your old clay pots.  Soak them in vinegar to help remove any moss or salt deposits.
                The new 2016 flower and vegetable seeds are here.  January is a good month to purchase your seeds and plan your planting strategy.
                If you are tired of mowing and maintaining a large lawn, January is a good month to plan on how you want to reduce the yard space by expanding your garden areas.
                Don’t forget the birds.  Take time to connect with nature.  Add a new bird feeder and enjoy watching the birds.
                                HAPPY GARDENING IN 2016!!
 
Posted: 1/5/2016 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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