What to plant this time of year? Just when everything looks bleak and bare we have some good suggestions for still getting out there and working the yard!
Bare root deciduous fruit trees - continue planting them thru February. Encourage reliable fruit tree harvest by choosing varieties that require less then 400 hours of chilling, a normal period of cold weather necessary for trees to produce fruit.
Proven performers include 'Anna' and "Dorsett Golden Apple". Gold Kist Apricot, Santa Rosa Plum, Tropic Snow white flesh peach and Wonderful Pomegranate. Plant them in decorative glazed planters and stage them around your patio area, for color and fragrance. Yummy!
Transplant easy to grow sun lovers such as calendula, dianthus, gazania, marigold, pansy and viola.
There is still time to sow cool season culinary favorites such as beets, bok choy, carrots, chard, collard and mustard greens, endive, green onions, lettuce, leeks, peas, radishes, spinach and turnips.
Transplant broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower into new larger planters. Sow or transplant cilantro, dill, garlic, parsley, and thyme. Use decorative containers to add a bit of pizzazz to your garden or patio area.
Prune as needed now. Spruce up shade trees, conifers and summer blooming shrubs by removing dead, diseased, broken, crossed or weak branches
Cut back established roses by one third. Wait to prune heritage roses until after spring blooms. Hold off pruning first tender potted plants like citrus, hibiscus, natal plum and bougainvillea. Just take your time and keep working it and you will have great success and beautiful potted plants.