With all of the snow we’ve been getting lately, it’s hard to believe that Spring is just a few shorts weeks away. Of course, Spring is just a name, and we all know we can get snow in this Valley as late as Mother’s Day. Still, there are things we can do in the garden to prepare for the growing season. If you didn’t do it last month, make sure to prune your fruit trees and shrubs – you’ll
want to get this done before things start budding out. There’s also still time to spray your trees and shrubs with dormant oil to tackle any bugs that have been overwintering in them. Have
a look around your yard and garden for weeds that might be starting to pop up – try to pull them while they’re small and before they really start to take hold. Make sure you use a pre-emergent now too if you didn’t do so in February.
March is also an exciting time in the garden because it’s very possible you might be able to start planting. Once the soil is workable, you can start planting your favorite cool-season crops straight in the ground. Think carrots, peas, lettuce, cabbage, onions, and more! Make sure to amend all of your garden beds with some compost or fertilizer to give your plants the extra boost they need to grow strong and healthy. For more information on what you can do in March, including separating and replanting bulbs, be sure to visit Greeenhouse Garden Center in Carson City.
This May, the annual professional Tour de France-style cycling race, Amgen Tour of California, will pass through the Carson Valley! The race, which is over 600 miles long, extends from Long Beach to Sacramento over 7 different stages. The racers will dip into the Carson Valley, traveling along Foothill Road and up Kingsbury Grade, during stage 6 (see their route below) on their way to South Lake Tahoe. According to their website, “South Lake Tahoe has been a staple destination for the Amgen Tour of California Women’s Race each year since 2015 but will host a men’s race finish for only the 2nd time.”
Stage 6 Route:
Yes, it’s still winter, but there are always things you can do in your garden, no matter what month it is! If you haven’t ordered your seeds yet, be sure to do so now. You’ll start seeing them in the big box stores now, so make sure to get the varieties you want before stocks start to dwindle. Just like January, make sure to water your trees and shrubs again if we don’t receive 1″ of rainfall or 1′ of snow.
Now is also a great time to prune your fruit trees, ornamental grasses, and summer-flowering shrubs. First, though, make sure you sharpen and sterilize your pruning shears. And hold off on pruning your spring-flowering shrubs (lilacs, forsythia, snowball bushes, etc) until after they bloom.
If you want to get a head-start on your vegetable garden, according to Rodale’s Organic Life, you can start a few winter items indoors: “Under fluorescent lights, start seeds of onions and leeks at the beginning of the month [and] near the end of the month, start seeds of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts…”
For more February gardening tips, such as what kind of pre-emergent to use to keep new weeds from forming, and using dormant oil and fungicides on your trees and bushes, head on over to Greenhouse Garden Center in Carson City. Spring will be here before we know it!