Priscilla’s Garden To-Do List for January/February

  • Take a winter walk for exercise and to broaden your perspective
  • Check yourself for ticks after time outdoors if it’s above freezing, as ticks will be active in ALL seasons above 32 degrees
  • Allow ice and snow to naturally melt from outdoor plants, as branches are brittle and will crack readily if handled now at low temperatures
  • Prune blueberries, Roses of Sharon, fruit trees, crabapples and other deciduous trees/shrubs on a dry day above 20 degrees
  • Avoid foot traffic on frozen lawns as this may injure turfgrass
  • Water amaryllis plants when the soil surface has dried out and place plants in full sun to encourage stem elongment (turn as needed to keep straight)
  • Force hyacinth and paperwhite bulbs on water at cool temperatures (45 degrees); discard after bloom
  • Water houseplants deeply once per week and do not fertilize until mid-February (use weak solution of fish fertilizer)
  • Keep indoor plants on trays filled with pebbles and water to boost indoor humidity
  • Remove dead or discolored leaves from houseplants, check for aphids, whiteflies and scale
  • Inventory your collection of seed packets and plan reorders
  • Onion and pansy seeds can be sown indoors now
  • Inventory garden tools; sharpen and plan replacements or additions
  • Begin planning your 2021 garden design