Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Gardeners: Heres a checklist to start the year
Happy new garden year! Get off to a flying start with these tasks:
Trim back rose bushes.
Clean up leaves and debris around fruit trees and rose bushes to prevent the spread of disease.
Apply oil to fruit trees soon after a rain to control scale, mites and aphids. Oils need 24 hours of dry weather after application to be effective. Don't apply on foggy days.
This is also the time to spray a copper-based oil to peach and nectarine trees to fight leaf curl.
In the vegetable garden, plant fava beans, head lettuce, mustard, onion sets, radicchio and radishes.
Plant bare-root asparagus and root divisions of rhubarb.