Wintertime gardening tasks in the Prescott AZ area can help your spring and summer gardens flourish.
- Order your seeds for your vegetable, herb and flower gardens
- I like to buy local if possible, so for my edible annuals I use Terroir Seeds Underwood Gardens in Chino Valley, AZ. Steve and Cindy Scott are committed to saving heirloom seeds and providing seeds for plants that are well adapted to our climate and soils.
- Rose care:
- Remove old leaves from your roses and clean up all fallen leaves to prevent over-wintering of diseases. Put all old leaves into trash other than composting them for the same reason.
- Deeply mulch around crown of roses to protect roots through the winter.
- Do not yet prune the canes as there will most likely be future damage to the canes from cold weather which necessitates more pruning later.
- If you have not already done so, clean up your vegetable and annual beds and compost them deeply to feed the beneficial soil organisms and prevent drying of the soil. Cover drip irrigation to protect from UV damage.
- If you would like Mother Nature to work the soil for you, simply loosen garden bed soil with a garden fork and allow the expansion of water via the freeze thaw process to further loosen dense soils.
- Mulching your garden soils can be done at any time of year. Note that carbon rich brown mulches such as bark, hay and straw feed the soil organisms that best support perennial growth. Nitrogen rich green mulches such as compost, manures, and freshly cut plant materials feed soil organisms that support annual growth.
- Avoid pruning at this time for a variety of reasons:
- Birds enjoy the seed heads all winter long, saving you money on bird food.
- Top growth helps insulate the lower leaves and roots of plants for protection from winter cold.
- The sap is running in conifers, especially pines, during the winter months. Wait until spring to prune for safety and health of the plant.
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