January in the Garden 2019

Happy New Year!

It’s cool in the yard, so most plants are in their resting phase.  They work hard the rest of the year, so let them gain their strength, because as soon as the weather hints at spring, they set their growing into motion.  Worm castings and mulch are the priorities for me in my garden.

Very importantly, I remind everyone at the new year to check your shot records for your last tetanus shot.  With our hands in the dirt, it’s important to be up to date on that one!

Here’s a more detailed list of things to do in the garden in January.

Happy 2019!!!

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Happy Poinsettia Day!

By an Act of Congress, December 12 was set aside as National Poinsettia Day. The date marks the death of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who is credited with introducing the native Mexican plant to the United States. The purpose of the day is to enjoy the beauty of this popular holiday plant.  Here’s a brief history of the Ecke Ranch here in San Diego County where more than 75% of U.S. and 50% of worldwide poinsettia plants get their start.


Here are some links with interesting and fun facts about poinsettia:
https://www.investors.com/news/management/leaders-and-success/paul-ecke-poinsettia-king-biography/?fbclid=IwAR0UuyRTAOtXGWp9mHQBiXMrafVLjqtasW8EMg60wdt7JIs8qDhUvihl9Rc
http://extension.illinois.edu/poinsettia/facts.cfm
https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/points.htm
https://www.thespruce.com/facts-about-poinsettias-that-may-surprise-you-2132343
https://www.morningagclips.com/ten-interesting-facts-about-poinsettias/

 

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Miscellaneous Monday 12-10-18

I’m starting to get in the holiday spirit.  Cold weather and some rain has been great!

Agroforestry – growing crops under trees

Taking hardwood cuttings: a tutorial

Fresh vs. Fake:  What kind of tree are you getting for Christmas?

I’m a bit of a birdwatcher.  Here’s a site with bird info: All About Birds

A lovely start to your week. Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty.Gratitude.

Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

Happy Monday and have a nice week!

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Miscellaneous Monday 12-03-18

Who needs a greenhouse?  Here’s a catalog called The Green House Catalog

I have never been very successful with African Violets, but I do love them.  Here’s a growing guide – maybe there’s hope for me!

There are a lot of options available for ground covers: Stepables – plants that tolerate foot traffic.

Here’s a fun idea for gifts:  Chalk painted pots

Here’s some Monday beauty for you:  The Giant Sequoia – impressive in size and beautiful

Happy Monday!!!

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