Consistently warmer temperatures are taking over from the rollercoaster, warm, cold, hot weather we have had this spring. Lawns are growing, and now is a good time to fertilize if it has been more than 3 months since the last time. Use a good organic fertilizer, and remember you do not have to water it in right away if time does not permit.  If you have flower pots and hanging baskets, keep some of the fertilizer back and use it as a liquid to water them.  About every 2 weeks put about a cup of fertilizer in a 2 gallon water can and let it sit a few minutes to start dissolving, then water.  You should be able to do this a couple more times before the fertilizer is used.  

Read more: Out in the Garden: June 2014

We are now into the New Year and by the time this reaches your mailbox we will be only weeks away from the next growing season. Early March is the typical last frost so Valentine’s Day is the earliest best time to trim plants. Bush roses can be cut back by about half but do not trim climbing roses until they have bloomed. Climbers bloom on last year’s wood and trimming them earlier eliminates their spring flowers. Bridal wreaths, mountain laurels, flowering quince and most early blooming plants fall into the same category.

Read more: Out in the Garden: February 2014

As there will not be a January newsletter, here is an early reminder that it is best not to trim perennials and shrubs until after Valentine’s Day. Trimming any earlier can cause new tender growth that will freeze even on evergreen shrubs and delay new spring growth. The first weekend of December is our typical first frost, and annuals can be discarded as they freeze.

Read more: Out in the Garden: December 2013