It’s time to plant potatoes! Prepping Seed Potatoes: Cut up any potato larger than a lime and thicker than your thumb. Make sure there are at least 2-4 “eyes” (buds) per piece. Allow potato pieces to callous, and dust with Sulfur to prevent decay. Planting in trenches: Dig trenches 6” deep, put Cotton Burr Compost in the trench and place potato pieces cut side down 12-18” apart in trenches, then cover up with compost and soil. Soil should be loose and drain well. If temperatures should fall below freezing, place straw around plants. Harvesting Potatoes: When potato plants are large and have begun to flower, you may be able to harvest the “new” potatoes. New potatoes are thin skinned and sweet. When potato plants are yellow-colored and wilted, you will need to pick all of the potatoes.
Pruning in February:
Prune Bush Roses. Remove half of top growth, both by reducing height and by removing weak, internal canes. Each cut should be just above a bud that faces out from the center of the bush to encourage open growth. More info available from Neil Sperry
Corn Gluten Meal is an organic pre-emergent to prevent weeds from germinating in the soil. Hi Yield Dimension is a great synthetic option available to stop weeds from sprouting. Apply Ferti-lome Weed Free Zone to kill winter broadleaf weeds that have already sprouted in your lawn – though most of these will die anyway once the weather changes.
Fertilize your vegetable garden with MicroLife 6-2-4 early in the month to encourage strong new shoots. Fertilize cool-season turf (fescue and ryegrass) with 21-0-0.
It’s time to plant fruit trees, grapes and berry vines!
Planting now will help your plants get established before the hot summer months. Be sure to add Cotton Burr Compost to your existing soil when planting and fertilize with MicroLife Citrus & Fruit 6-2-4.
Check out D&L’s February Love On Your Lawn Specials to save on several products mentioned above!
Join us February 18, 2017 at D&L Farm and Home in Celina for our Raised Bed & Straw Bale Gardening 101 session.
Learn how to get started with your own raised bed or straw bale garden. We’ll cover all the basics including soils, soil amendments, planting instructions, watering and maintenance, and anything else you’ll need to know. Sessions will be held at 10 am and 1 pm with snacks and refreshments available around lunch time.
D&L Farm and Home – Celina
811 N Louisiana
Celina, TX 75009
Time to plant onions!
To prep your soil before planting add organic matter such as cotton burr compost, bark mulch, chicken manure and peat moss. This will help sandy soil retain moisture and nutrients, and help loosen tight clay soils. Plant onion bulbs 1” to 2” deep and about 4″ apart. Water thoroughly every week, and fertilize every 3 weeks. The traditional time to plant potatoes in our area is Valentines day. Cut your seed potatoes into chunks, ideally keeping 2 eyes on each piece and dust lightly with Hi Yield dusting sulfur to help prevent rot after planting. It is good to wait a couple of days after cutting into chunks and then plant them about 6″ deep with the eyes pointing up.
Now is a great time to prune Crepe Myrtles and other summer flowering shrubs and vines. Never ‘top’ crepe myrtles, which means cutting off over half of the plant. It does not improve their flower and it ruins their natural form forever. To prune a Crepe Myrtle correctly remove the old seed pods and the suckers that come from the base of the trunk. Reshape evergreen shrubs when needed and remove damage. Remove strongly vertical shoots to encourage horizontal branching on fruit trees
Hollies, Euonymus, Crepe Myrtles, Camellias, Oaks, Pecans and other fruit trees are all susceptible to scale insects. Apply dormant spray to control the over wintering insects and to prevent disease infection. Dormant spray suffocates insects and eggs of pests in your tree before the pest wake from their winter sleep.
This is a good time to apply Blood Meal every 2-3 weeks during warm spells to your Pansies and other plants where luxuriant top growth and deep green foliage is desired.
Other Things to Do
- Be ready for cold weather extremes. Frost cloth offers 4-8 degrees of protection. It also keeps blustery winds off your plants.
- Water during dry spells. Cold damage is more severe for plants that are allowed to become too dry.
- Digging and relocating trees and shrubs must be done during winter dormant season. Dig with ball of soil intact and replant at the original depth.
- It’s time to prep your soil for Spring! Apply Microlife Humates Plus to help loosen clay soil, improve sandy soil and build a bigger root system in your plant.