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Grow Roses Now!



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Add organic matter, such as composted manure or chopped leaves, to help the soil retain moisture and improve drainage & fertility.  Look for roses at your local nursery or buy online.

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When designing a plan for your garden.  Don't forget to plant in garden planters - not just in the ground.  This gives you portability and makes moving the plants into direct sunlight a breeze.  It also provides another opportunity to decorate and add to your charms landscape - while using beautiful pieces of pottery.  Large colorful ceramic pots are a added bonus and if you color coordinate with the roses you select, the finished product can be stunning!

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Blueberries are easy to grow and now is the perfect time of year to add them to your yard or garden planter.  For the most fruit, plant at least two different selections.  Blueberries prefer slightly moist, well-drained, acid soil in a sunny spot.  Mulch these plants also.

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Amend this soil now in areas where you plan to plant veggies, herbs or flowers this spring.  Work the soil when the ground is dry.  Add organic matter to improve fertility and drainage.  Include sulfur, lime, or any needed nutrients as indicated by a soil test.  Good hand tools will make this job easier.

February is a great time to prune ever blooming roses whether potted or in the ground.  Begin by removing dead and weak canes.  Then cut healthy ones to a height of 24".  This encourages vigorous new growth.  Climbing roses should be pruned after they flower.  Twist existing canes around supports, along fences, and across arbors so that part of the cane is horizontal to coax blooms.

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This month is a time of hope.  You dream and plan for what is to come in your yard and garden area now.  Make preparations when the time is right and the payoff will be huge.


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