As we edge ever close to spring and getting back to serious gardening, here is a list of things to do this week to prepare.
- If you do nothing else in your garden this winter, do this — pull those weeds before they go to seed and create a real problem. The good news is that winter weeds usually are easier to pull than their summer cousins.
- With the recent rains, inspect your garden and yards for containers that have collected water. In Northern California, there is no such thing as a season without mosquitoes, and that standing water is just what they need to lay their eggs.
- You know that stack of clay pots you emptied out of a couple of months ago? You’re going to be needing them soon so clean them with soapy water and a wire brush. Dry thoroughly and then rub them with linseed oil. You might need a couple of coats.
- We tell you this every year, and people still don’t believe us, but now is a good time to put out a couple of yellowjacket bait stations. The queens will be heading out any time now to establish a new nest, and the bait stations will help prevent them from settling in your yard.
- If you notice any freeze damage on your citrus trees or other frost-sensitive plants, resist the urge to prune it off. We’re not yet out of frost danger, and if you prune, you’ll encourage new growth, which won’t withstand a cold snap.
- If the weather is dry, you can add a healthy amount of compost to your vegetable beds to prepare them for planting. Believe it or not, that will be in just a short couple of months.
- And speaking of summer planting, get a head start by starting tomato, eggplant, onion , parsley and pepper seeds indoors.
— Contra Costa Master Gardeners contributed to this report.
Published at Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:00:27 +0000