Tuesday, January 5, 2010
In January there are several critical chores in the garden. The first is weeding. It is said that one year not getting weeds before they set seed results in seven years of weeds. I believe it! The worst winter weeds are the annual grasses. Another necessary chore is bareroot planting. Bareroot plants are available during a very narrow window of time so it has to be done. This year I hope to put in a new asparagus bed. It either happens now, or waits a year, as it already has done. Finally, pruning of fruit trees and other deciduous plants needs done during dormancy. Along with pruning comes dormant oil spraying, which needs to be done before the buds swell. So lots of work. However, 40 degree fog is not conducive to any of it. I would much rather read my new garden book and plan what I might do, if the conditions and mood were right.