February

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  • Healthy Soil is key. We recommend amending your soil with Sloat Loam Builder, Sloat Forest Mulch Plus or Sloat Planting Mix. Also, add E.B Stone’s Agricultural Lime or Grow More Maxi-Cal to soil to provide needed calcium for vegetables & fruit and to prevent blossom end rot.
  • Plant early blooming plants like peonies, wisteria, lilacs, flowering plum, flowering cherry, and magnolia. You can also plant Mediterranean plants such as leucadendrons, lavender, and rosemary. Ceanothus and manzanita are great California Native choices.
  • Protect your plants from slugs and snails with Sluggo or Sluggo Plus.
  • Now is the time to plant edibles: Potatoes, garlic, onions, rhubarb, and asparagus.
  • Prune and cut back perennials and ornamental grasses. Prune lavender back to emerging growth for best spike production this coming summer. Feed plants after pruning with EB Stone Organics All Purpose or Rose and Flower Food.
  • Stop the weeds! Weeds that begin with winter rains go to seed in March & April, but the clever gardener never lets them get that far. Pull weeds now before they go to seed and apply corn gluten to prevent weed seed germination.
    Finish pruning roses, shrubs, and trees. After pruning feed roses with EB Stone Alfalfa Meal and EB Stone Naturals Sul-Po-Mag to promote healthy canes.
  • In addition to preparing your planting beds, use winter aged compost to make room for your new trimmings and clippings.
  • It’s time to think about starting seeds. Most seeds are started 6-8 weeks prior to the last frost.
  • Add summer flowering gladiolas and dahlias to your garden.
  • During the month of February we have the best citrus selection of the year. Stop in!
  • Protect citrus from rodents with Repels All Ready to Use.
  • Now is a good time to feed and repot houseplants in anticipation of spring growth. Check for insects.
  • Deadhead cyclamen to keep them in bloom.
  • After pruning, be sure to clean your tools.
  • Feed the birds:  We carry Wild Delight Gourmet Bird Seed, Songbird Blend, Nut & Berry, Nyjer thistle, and Sunflower Seed. Also we have suet in 6 flavors to attract a variety of birds from woodpeckers to phoebes. Finch Socks with Nyjer are easy to use and popular with the birds!
  • Keep up on cleaning winter debris from beds and containers.
  • Mulch to prevent fungal diseases, conserve water and reduce weeds. (You can control weeds with Weed Prevention Plus).