Grizzly’s Garden Tips

SEPTEMBER 2020
  • Mulch heat-loving crops like eggplants, melons, and peppers and cover with floating row covers to help prolong their production.
  • Pinch back tomatoes early in the month, so no new fruit starts to form. Keep plants well-watered.
  • Cover fall cabbage family crops with floating row covers.
  • Double-dig and enrich new garden beds for next year.
  • Fertilize fall vegetables, especially where previous crops may have depleted soil nutrients.
  • Rake up and destroy fallen fruit.
March 2020
  • Turn under green manure crops in vegetable and annual flower beds. If you didn’t sow a green manure crop, top-dress the beds with compost or well-rotted manure.
  • Mulch all garden pathways now to help suppress weeds.
  • Gradually remove winter mulch from roses; fertilize near the end of the month.
  • Prune any winter-damaged canes from rose bushes.
  • Prune blueberry bushes, bramble fruits, and grape vines early in the month, before they break dormancy.
  • If you spray dormant oil, be sure to do so before trees and shrubs break dormancy.
February 2020
  • Prepare a soil mix for starting seeds and raising vegetable and annual flower transplants indoors.
  • If the weather warms near the end of the month, rake off mulch on one bed to get ready for planting spring greens and onions.
  • Prune fruit, nut, and shade trees before dormancy ends.
  • Use dormant oil spray to help control scale on trees and shrubs.
  • Rake the lawn near the end of the month.
June 2019
  • Stake tomatoes and spray with liquid compost
  • Mulch peas and other cool weather crops against rising temperatures
  • Weed asparagus bed carefully after harvest to avoid damaging roots
  • Cover grape vines, cherry trees and blueberry bushes with bird netting
  • Apply sticky bands to fruit trees to catch climbing insect pests
  • Thin fruit on trees
  • Feed and mulch summer-flowering shrubs after blossoms have faded
March 2019
  • Mulch all garden pathways now to help suppress weeds
  • Turn under green manure crops
  • Top dress beds with compost or well-rotted manure
  • Add rock fertilizer to perennial beds
  • Remove winter mulch from roses; fertilize near the end of the month
  • Prune winter damaged cane from roses
  • Prune hibiscus, buddleia and other shrubs that bloom on new growth
  • Prune blueberry bushes, bramble fruits and grape vines before they break dormancy
  • Feed fruit trees with compost, well rotted manure and rock fertilizer
February 2019
  • Prune fruit, nut and shade trees before dormancy ends.
  • Use dormant oil spray to help control scale on trees and shrubs.
  • Run a germination check on stored vegetable seeds before indoor sowing.
  • Prepare a soil mix for starting seeds and raising vegetable and annual flower transplants indoors.
  • As weather warms near the end of the month, rake mulch off one bed to prepare for planting spring greens and onions.
  • Rake the lawn near the end of the month.