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Week of February 8, 2021

Cut branches of pussy willow, forsythia, witch hazel and/or flowering quince on a seasonably warm day and bring them indoors. Put some water in a vase, add the branches and in just a short time … Spring!Cut branches of pussy willow, forsythia, witch hazel and/or flowering quince on a seasonably warm day and bring them indoors. Put some water in a vase, add the branches and in just a short time … Spring!

Winter salt spray can damage plants as far as 30 feet away. 

Plant a container herb garden on a sunny kitchen windowsill. 

When choosing to grow vegetables in containers, be sure to consider the need for daily watering. The small volume of soil in the container tends to dry out quickly in hot weather. As a result of frequent watering, leaching of soil nutrients often occurs. Consider incorporating a slow-release fertilizer into the soil mixture prior to planting.

Sow onions, leeks and celery for transplanting in spring. 

With a little modification, a milk jug can become a mini greenhouse. 

Plan to install a hedge around areas of the yard that need to be hidden.


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