Newsletter for January 8th, 2022
January 8, 2022 - Issue #547 Read in Browser

Anyone who things gardening begins in spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year. for gardening begins in January with the dream.
Naturally Rot-Resistant Woods

Twenty years ago, when I bought my present house in southern Vermont, one of the first things I did was put in raspberry beds and a sizable garden. To support the berry canes and fence the garden off from deer, I cut and split 8-foot posts of black locust, a local tree that I knew to be rot-resistant. In fact, old-timers told me that locust posts would last 60 years in the ground.
Repotting and Transplanting Tomato Seedlings

Deciding when to transplant tomato seedlings is easy. When tomato seedlings are three or four inches tall and have their second pair of leaves, it's time to take them out of their crowded containers and put them into deeper, roomier ones. (If you started seedlings in individual containers at least three inches square, simply thin out the weaker plants by snipping them off at the soil line and leaving the strongest one.)

Among the recent horticultural arrivals from Russia and central Asia is the seaberry, also known as sea buckthorn. There, it is prized for both its ornamental value and its
How Potatoes Grow

Potatoes are usually grown from other potatoes. You plant a whole, small potato, or a piece of a larger one for a new plant. The whole potato or cut piece has several slightly recessed, dormant buds or "eyes" on the surface. When conditions are right, these buds will sprout, whether the potatoes are in the ground or in a kitchen cupboard. The sprouts then develop into independent plants.
Harvesting Onions

There's never a time when onions aren't ready for harvesting. They can be picked and eaten at any stage. No matter how many onions you use during the season, though, it's nice to have a crop of big onions mature at the end of summer to store for the fall and winter months.

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If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it. Lucy Larcom
Pencil Cactus (Euphorbia tirucalli 'Firesticks')

Plant Habit: Shrub, Cactus/Succulent
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 4-8 feet
Plant Spread: 3-5 feet
Flowers: Inconspicuous, Other
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator: B (Boron)
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem, Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger, Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
Rose (Rosa 'New Year')

Bloom size: Medium: 2-3"
Petal count: double: 16-25 petals
Rose bloom color: Orange and orange blend
Extra Bloom Info: Medium to large, double to full, in clusters
Rebloom: Good
Class: Grandiflora
Growth Habit: Medium, 3-4 feet, upright
Fragrance: Mild
Hybridizer & year: Samuel Darragh McGredy IV, 1982
Optimal growing zones: USDA zone 6 and warmer
Awards: AARS
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 3-4 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy, Fragrant
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem, Cuttings: Tip
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth
Parentage: Mary Sumner x (Yellow Pages x Kabuki)
Inch Plant (Callisia cordifolia)

Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun, Full Sun to Partial Shade, Partial or Dappled Shade
Plant Height: under 6 inches
Plant Spread: indefinite
Leaves: Unusual foliage color, Other
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer, Late summer or early fall, Fall
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Groundcover, Erosion control
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots, Suitable for hanging baskets
Twoleaf Nightshade (Solanum diphyllum)

Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Plant Height: 4 to 6 feet
Plant Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Fruit: Showy, Edible to birds, Other
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer, Summer
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White, Other
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring, Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Toxicity: Other
Pollinators: Bees, Flies, Wasps
Rice-Paper Tree (Tetrapanax papyrifer)

Plant Habit: Shrub, Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 8 to 12 feet (2.4-3.7m)
Plant Spread: 4 to 8 feet (1.2-2.4m)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color, Evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Propagation: Other methods: Other
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Wicked Good')

Photo by Valery33

Compact Queen Victoria Agave (Agave victoriae-reginae subsp. swobodae)

Photo by OrchidBob

Adenium (Adenium obesum 'Black Romance')

Photo by GigiPlumeria
"New Year eve’s bloom."

Variegated Pinwheel (Aeonium haworthii 'Variegatum')

Photo by scvirginia
"photo by Umberto Nicoletti via Flickr:"

Dahlia 'Carlisle Gold'

Photo by gwhizz

Haworthia 'White Ghost'

Photo by Aeonium2003

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Indian Pumpkin')

Photo by blue23rose

Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sapphire Jubilee')

Photo by dirtdorphins

Daylily (Hemerocallis 'Drew Hoo')

Photo by DaviJK

Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri

Photo by HamiltonSquare
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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer. Albert Camus
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