You can continue planting cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce and onions. Be sure to harvest winter crops before they bolt.
Speaking of roses, there are three groups with different types of growing habits: bush types such as Belinda’s Dream, arching such as the Swamp Rose, and climbers such a Dortmund. Pruning techniques will depend on the type. Also, if the rose is a one-time bloomer such a Lady Banksia, wait until after it blooms to prune. One thing I’d like to tell gardeners is to stop agonizing over each cut. All you need is courage and a few sharp tools: a by-pass hand pruner, by-pass lopper, a small saw, thick gloves (I prefer the ones that come up to your elbows).
You can now plant bare-root roses and fruit trees. Regarding bare-root plants: biggest is not always best. Medium to small sizes usually become established faster and give you a better picture of your over-all landscape design. Consider the size of your garden and whether the mature plant will take up too much space. If using a trellis, try to give the plant room to cover it nicely. Vigorous climbers such as Mermaid, Cécile Brünner, or New Dawn will overwhelm small gardens. Try Buff Beauty, Red Cascade, Sea Foam and Lavender Lassie as they are more mannerly climbers.
|Madame Alfred Carriere|
Don’t fertilize newly set out trees or shrubs until they have started to grow. Roses, on the other hand, are different. A newly-planted rose could stand a good drink of one percent solution of seaweed. Seaweed is a natural root stimulator that has all the micronutrients the roses need. You can also use this seaweed solution on new tomato transplants, and it will enhance germination of seeds. Always spray early in the morning when temperatures are cool.
A good slow-release organic fertilizer such as Microlife, Sustane®, or Texas Tea is good for our plants without contaminating our precious ground water. Nitrogen in chemical fertilizers, if not used right away by the plants can pass on through the soil to contaminate ground water. Organic fertilizer has to be converted to a plant usable form by soil microorganisms so that it stays in the soil until used. Be sure to keep gardening and thanks for reading!