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Here we are in the last week of February. Basically, up to this point, I have no complaints about winter. Yes, we had a little snow and a few cold days but –hey, it is winter. I keep saying that the weather in Virginia can be fickle. And, I think fickle is a good word to use to describe our winter this year.
We are seeing a little activity with bulbs, such as daffodils, beginning to pop up out of the ground. Customers are reporting that their KnockOut roses are on the verge of breaking dormancy. The beautiful Daphne Odora, “February Daphne”, is in bud and bloom. I can go on and on but the point that I am trying to make is: ARE YOU READY FOR MARCH?
I wish I had a crystal ball to see what our weather will be like for the coming weeks. So many of us are ready to get outside and enjoy our gardens once again.
I have a soil thermometer that I read regularly. At this point in late February, our soil temperature is sitting at 45 degrees – not as warm as last year at this same time. But, our ground soil is not frozen and is moist which allows for planting at any time.
We have plants and plant products arriving every day to get ready for the upcoming busy planting season.
We have a good selection of cole crop vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli, spinach, kale, collards, etc. that thrive in cooler soil and air temperatures.
We are doing our part in getting new stock into the garden center to get ready to help you with all your gardening needs. We are filling up.
As you plan for the spring, just keep this in mind: Remember the rule of “the right plant in the right place” to maximize plant vigor and health throughout the season. Consider soil, slope, amount of sunlight, space and size, hardiness zone, drainage, exposure, and soil pH. If the site is naturally dry, select drought-tolerant plants. Don’t forget to consider the final size that the tree or shrub will become at maturity.
ALERT — BEFORE DIGGING AROUND YOUR PROPERTY, STATE LAW REQUIRES YOU CALL MISS UTILITY @ 811 TO HAVE YOUR UTILITY LINES PROFESSIONALLY MARKED.
All national garden professionals are predicting that spring 2021 is going to be very exciting. I can’t wait!!!
PLANT A LITTLE HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!