Even in the deep of winter, nature is bestowing gifts on us from the beauty of bare branches to the beginning of buds on trees and shrubs. Here are a few ideas for how to make the most of the month in your snow and ice covered garden.
Zone: 3 – 5 Ounce of Prevention: It’s last call for dormant sprays (any spray applied to leafless deciduous trees from late November to the latter part of February to control over-wintering insects or to prevent disease infection) on ornamental shrubs and trees. Best done on a nice, mild day when temps are above freezing. (This is Red Rhapsody® Amur Maple which is hardy to zone 2!)
Take a Walk on the Winter Side: Bundle up and go for a walk because now is a great time to learn to identify trees in your neighborhood. The shape and habit of a tree is now easier to take in fully, and can give you valuable clues to finding the botanical name. Check out the crown and overall shape (vase? upright? multi-trunked?), remaining fruits, berries, or leaves, and the shape and texture of live twigs, bark, and growth habit. Take pictures and Google up or come chat with us. (This is Centurion® Crabapple which you will know from stray fruits and spreading, branching habit) Thank you Monrovia for images and content!
Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange strives to bring a great selection of trees, shrubs, annuals perennial, herbs fruits and vegetable plants to our customers. Every year, the demand for high quality food crops grows. To us, this is a very encouraging sign that people are not only making more health conscious lifestyle decisions, but that we are also taking a look at where our food comes from. We appreciate your desire to grow your own crops. Whether it’s flower seeds, veggie starts or fruit trees you’re after, we’ll sell you quality plant material and provide you with sound advice pertaining to your project. We also carry a nice selection of “How To” books.
Here are some of our suppliers for online information:
- Roseland Nursery www.roselandroses.com
- The Plant Group www.theplantgroup.com
- Imperial Nurseries www.imperialnurseries.com
- Griffin Greenhouse Supplies www.griffins.com
- Cavicchio Greenhouses www.cavicchio.com
- Lotus Pottery www.studiopottery.com
- Burley Clay Company www.burleyclay.com
- Harvest Farm www.harvestfarmofwhately.com
For the Lawn
We carry Step programs, patching, insect and pest control, mowing, trimming, fertilizing, raking and more. Whatever products you need for a healthy lawn, you will find them at the CoOp. And you can always ask us questions! If you’re looking for some good online information, check out “Know How” at www.agway.com
Here are some of our vendors if you want to check them out!
- Agway Greenlawn Products and Agway Grass Seed www.agway.com
- Scotts Lawn and Garden Products www.scotts.com
- Bonide Chemicals www.bonideproducts.com
- Ortho Chemicals www.scotts.com/smg/brand/ortho/orthoLanding.jsp
Here’s an article from our local paper, The Greenfield Recorder about Dee, our wonderful Nursery Manager,