January 19, 2016

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Now that the busyness of the holidays is over, are you getting the itch to get back into it? Enjoying nature, seeing flowers bloom, not being cold…… well, here are some ways to keep in touch with your gardening side.

Plan your vegetable garden. I’m sure your mailbox is bursting with catalogs by now. We also have a full selection available at our 2nd St. store. Did you write down the varieties that performed well for you last season? I am definitely growing Tomatoes Chocolate Cherry and Mortgage Lifter again.

Plan your flower beds. There are new Annual flowers coming out every year. Do your research now and pick your plants based on more than just the flower color. Growth habit is important too. If you aren’t careful, you may end up planting a compact plant that was bred for containers into a flower bed with more vigorous plants and never be able to see it. Or vice versa.

Speaking of containers, plan those too. Check out the new varieties of Annuals. Maybe mix in some Perennials.  Heucheras look amazing mixed with Annuals. Put them in pots for spring and summer and plant them in the ground when you plant mums in the fall.

Read some gardening books. Do you want to grow beautiful Clematis or Hostas or have blooms throughout the whole season? Check out the library. Read ALL the books and plan out your garden.

Research and planning is what I’m working on, too. By next week I should have the new Perennials list done. I’ll highlight some of the really neat ones in my next post.

You can also keep connecting to nature throughout the winter by visiting a conservatory or nature center. The Como Conservatory is one of my favorite places to go in the winter.  Their Winter Flower Show is on until March 13th. Quarry Hill, Oxbow Park and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum are all available for hiking, skiing and snowshoeing. While you are at it, do some birdwatching. Take a camera along and take pictures of the hoarfrost.

Take some classes. Our 2nd St location will have Super Saturdays once a month starting on January 30th and going through April. This month you will be able to learn about air plants, how to start seeds and create a terrarium. Signing up for our rewards club is a good way to stay informed on our upcoming classes.  Community Education is another place to find classes on gardening and Quarry Hill has classes and nature walks.

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Annual and Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling and staying fit with Taekwondo.