Tending the Garden – December 20, 2015

Pots need watering at least weekly especially if in a covered situation outside during the winter

Pots need watering at least weekly, especially if in a covered situation outside during the winter.

Today was an excellent gardening day, if you were not holiday shopping.

  • With the weather being highly variable, it is important to not let your pots dry out. My son had several pots with great looking vegetable plants, and he is having to water them on a regular basis, generally several times a week. It is important to soak the containers when watering.
  • I like to think I have mowed and bagged the grass to get up leaves for the last time. Since I have zoysia, I will cut it several times while it is dormant during the winter to keep the finished clean look. Bagging it also removes a lot of the dead grass.
  • Since we still have not had a prolonged cold period, I am still cutting the dead material back in the flower border. When finished, I will mulch the bed with pine straw and “put it to bed” for the winter.
  • I have seen several stores with bulbs discounted at least 50%. If the bulbs are firm, it is still fine to purchase and plant them and expect great flowering in the spring. I fact, I bought some tulips this week and tossed them in the refrigerator and will probably plant them after the holidays. I have planted tulips and hyacinths as late as January 15, and had great flowering.
  • Today I also liquid fed my pansies and sweet Williams. They are looking good, and the pansies are blooming profusely. Remember mine were leggy and I pinched them back at planting, so they are now on sturdy erect stems. I will lightly fertilize them with liquid fertilize every few weeks throughout the winter.

John Floyd

John Floyd has been gardening--and learning about Birmingham area gardening--for more than 30 years. In addition to his day-to-day experience, John has degrees in horticulture from Auburn and Clemson Universities and was Editor-in-Chief of Southern Living.

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