Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Southern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

February, 2006
Regional Report

Transplanting Veggies

It's time to transplant artichoke and asparagus crowns and rhubarb rhizomes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, horseradish, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, and spinach.

Planting in Wet Soil

While you don't want to plant when the soil is wet if you can possibly avoid it, if you need to get a plant in the ground, gently dig the hole, position the plant, and light-handedly gather the soil around the plant's roots. Water just enough to resettle the soil around the roots. This will result in the least compaction of the soil.

Fertilize Landscape Plants

Mulch and feed ground covers, shrubs, roses, perennials, and trees with slow-release organic matter (compost, bone meal, cottonseed meal, blood meal, or well-rotted manure) to provide plants with consistent and gradual nutrition throughout the season.

Preventing Winter Sunscald

To prevent sunburn damage of exposed fruit tree branches (which invites borers and other critters) paint exposed trunks and large limbs with off-white, matte, interior latex paint mixed half and half with water.

Weed While They're Small

Pull weeds now when they're small and before they form flowers or seeds, and you'll have fewer weed problems later. Watering the area to be weeded the day before the job will soften the soil and ease the removal of the weed's entire root system, preventing resprouting. A handy tool to use to pry up entire root system is the pronged "asparagus fork," which looks like a bent stick. If you pull out a weed that has already formed its seedhead, don't leave it in a walkway as mulch or compost it, unless you know your compost pile gets hot enough to destroy the seeds.


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