Out in the O-Garden

Newsletter February 2016



February is the hardest month for me.  I get so impatient and want to get started with growing things, darn it!

Out in the O-Garden Newsletter February 2016

If you can't get out in the garden because of snow and ice, there is still a lot to do to get ready. 

If you're lucky enough to have a greenhouse, there are lots of days when it's sunny and bright, and the warmth of the sun shining through the glass or whatever other covering your greenhouse has is a blessing.

The Greenhouse - what a blessing

If you don't have a greenhouse, why not build a hot bed or a cold frame out of old windows?  That is enough room for an astonishing amount of seedlings.  All you need is to give them a head start and plant them out when the weather is more settled. 

Sometimes you can even get a whole crop off the plants, especially if they're micro greens or lettuce.

Build your own Hot Bed

I get such a craving for spring greens.  I can taste them in my sleep!  The first crop I sow is micro greens.

How to Grow Microgreens

While the weather is cool, it's a good time to prune apple and pear trees. 

They don't have leaves on, and you can see the structure to determine which branches need to be cut back so the tree will produce lots of yummy fruit.  Make sure you recognize the fruit spurs and don't cut them off!

Prune Apple Trees Now

I hope you've enjoyed this issue of Out in the O-Garden Newsletter.  Stay tuned for more as the seasons change.  See you then!








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