The gardener's year is like the farmers, twelve months duration with no closed seasons. Seems every day in every month there is something that can be done around the home and garden.Have a great gardening year !!!
BUCKET OF SAND
A small basket, bucket or pail of sand should be kept nearby and handy so icy sidewalks and steps can be dusted whenever necessary. Salt should be avoided and sand used instead for icy walks and steps.
The problem with the salt is that it melts down and seeps into the soil, right to the roots of your trees, shrubs and lawn. Salt can cause considerable damage to the plants, which will show up in the Spring as yellowed, damaged foliage. Plant growth can also be stunted.
Poinsettia and cyclamen are probably two of the most popular plants given around the holidays. Both of them like a cool, moist atmosphere with cyclamens preferring humidity. Keep your poinsettia out of drafts. If you received any amaryllis bulbs, they can be planted now.
If you are looking for some rare and or unusual plants for your gardens, chances are that you will probably have to look to the mail-order catalogues. Since most local garden centers just can't carry such a large selection that would be needed.
Not to worry...the postal service should be delivering you all of this years new seed catalogues. Most are filled with useful tips and information, as well as beautiful photos. They can also provide you with some welcome relief from the winter gloom outside, as well as expand your horizons and broaden your knowledge.
Are some of the easiest plants you can grow indoors. But if your plants don't have the right growing conditions, they have a way of letting you know. Look to the leaves for some clues to correct the problems.
1. burned or browned leaf tips and margins:
too dry, excess fertilizer, or low temperatures
2. lower leaves turn yellow and fall off:
either over watering or a natural discard of older foliage
3. yellowing and loss of leaves throughout plant:
over watering, poor drainage, or gas fumes
4. small sparsely spaced leaves:
lack of sufficient light, or high temperatures
5. very dark green leaves but limited growth:
too much fertilizer