February is the month that's not quite the end of winter but not quite the
beginning of Spring and every year is different, it is generally a good
month to plant trees of any kind. Just be sure to protect Citrus,
Ficus and other sensitive plants from frost. this is also the
traditional month to fertilize Citrus. Use citrus food and follow
package directions or use ammonium sulfate at the rate of 2# per 100
square feet. To avoid burning surface roots make sure the area under
the branches is wet at least 18" down. You can use a piece of rebar
to test water penetration. The rebar will go easily into wet soil
but stop at dry soil. If trees have begun flowering, skip the
February fertilizing as this may cause flowers to drop. Grapefruit
skins extremely thick? The tree probably got too much nitrogen at
some point, but eating quality should not be affected.
Plant Tomato and Pepper plants through February and protect from cold.
You can still plant Lettuce, Chard and Spinach plants, but this month is
generally too late for veggies like Cabbage, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts and
Cauliflower as these plants don't like it warm. Petunias, Alyssum,
Lobelia, Dianthus and other winter annuals planted in February will look
good until May and maybe into June if the weather is not unduly hot.
Geraniums are perennials and can live for years but will look ugly and
yellow during hot months.
What on earth
is a Haworthia?? And why would I want
one? You probably
wouldn't want one unless you like nifty little succulents. These
tufted gems are from southern Africa and are sort of the Hens & Chicks of
the arid world. they are interesting, small subjects for shady
nooks, boulder pockets and containers. Two basic forms exist.
One, the windowed type, has softish leaves with
The other form has hard leaves sometimes arranged in dense columns and
often having raised white spots and lines. Haworthias are members of
the lily family, but their small, white flowers which appear on long
stalks are not expecially showy. Botanical names for some groups are
mixed up due to disagreements among botanists, so you're not alone if you
names confusing. These succulents prefer well drained soil
that should be allowed to dry down between waterings. Many species
are freely offsetting and can be easily separated to make more plants.
information from Barbara the Shady Way Garden Lady is that bunnies do not
like Arugula, Mustard Greens, Collard Greens, Artichokes, Osteospermum,
Argyranthemum Daisys, Alyssum, or Red Salvia. These plants
survived unscathed by hordes of grazing rabbits that were so abundant
through the summer and fall. Other plants like Lettuce,
wildflower seedlings, Pansies, Gazanias and Cabbage did not fare so
well. Barbara also says those little heart shaped seedlings
sprouting in your yard are not valentines from Mother Nature but
gifts from below, destined to become huge, noxious weeds.
the pavement for the elusive and much sought after BAILEYA MULTIRADIATA?
We've got some dandy one gallon plants available now. Better known
as Desert Marigold, this small, gray leaved native has yellow daisy
flowers and is common along roadsides and in natural desert areas.
It is a very desirable plant for xerophytic gardens and once established
needs little or no supplemental water. Your harshest, driest area is
to its liking. Once a few plants have been growing, they will reseed
themselves in their own time into a self-perpetuating garden with no help
from you. We also have seeds of this and other native flowers