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December, January and February in the Garden!
I received my first seed catalogue last week, therefore, spring is officially on the way!
 
We've had a mild fall/early winter season so far which allowed for more time to get the leaves up, cut down perennials and do some light pruning. While there's not much you can do in the garden over the winter, here's a few ideas that might prevent you from staring out the window like a lost puppy.
 
December:
- If it's mild, do as much clean up as you can. You'll be glad you did when spring does arrive and  you've got that head start.
- If you are lucky enough to be surrounded by evergreens, balsam and pine, cut a few branches and create a fragrant indoor arrangement for the season. Or make one for your front porch....or your neighbours.
- While you are hanging your Christmas lights on the front of your house, put a few out in areas  you see from where you spend most of your time - a tree in the backyard, icicle lights hanging on the eaves outside the patio door, etc.
- If you too have received a seed catalogue - start planning.
 
January:
- Review last year's garden journal and start making solid plans for this year (you'll start to see seed racks in garden centres now).
- Check your stored veggies and summer bulbs and toss out any that are showing signs of rot.
- If you have large trees that need pruning - now is the time - and hire a professional.
- Don't forget to feed the birds!
- Join your local horticultural society or take a gardening class or workshop.
 
February - we're almost there!
- Watch for garden shows in your area.
- Finalize your seed order (petunias and geraniums need an early start!)
- If there's not a lot of snow, check for heaving of your perennials and press them back into the ground.
- Watch for houseplant pests too - they're not thrilled with the cold weather and may take a liking to your indoor plants.



 



 
 


 




    When the Peepers Peep, Plant your Peas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

             
                                                            
 
 
 
 
   
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
Ok, so what is a peeper, why does it peep, and what does that have to do with peas?
Spring Peepers are like Robins - they're a sure sign that the season we all wait for is right around the corner. 
 
Peepers ( Pseudacris crucifer) are a nocturnal, brown frog, 1.5" long, sport large toe pads for climbing and are found in woodland areas and grassy spots near ponds and swamps, but overall prefer the loose debris of the forest floor.
 
Marked with a dark "X" on their backs, but often hard to see, when you hear their nighttime chirpy chorus, they're saying, "it's time to get the peas in the ground".
 
Chirping only at night, they bring forth a short, high-pitched call individually, but when chirping as a group present a sound simliar to sleigh bells. They are also the first frogs to announce the start of the spring season.
 
You will start to hear peepers late March or early/mid April - the perfect time to get your peas in the ground. Peas typically take around 60 days to maturity and do prefer the cooler weather. You'll be harvesting them in June, just in time to replace those spent vines with winter squash or zucchini.
 

Gardening Myths and Legends...

Clay Soil Should Be Amended With Sand.

 

If you do, you’ll end up with cement! Adding sand to clay causes it to pack even harder and makes the drainage even worse. Add leaf mold and compost to help improve clay soils.