Sooooo…..What are you doing?

What are you working on right now? That is the most common question I hear this time of year. Answer: Maintenance, research, and preparation. We will be receiving plants in less than a month and the greenhouses need to be ready for them.

Mike and Pete were able to get some of the curtains up this week.

We use them to keep the heat contained to the bays we are working in.

I finished researching the new perennials list and now I need to start researching the new Annuals. I’m really looking forward to the new kinds and colors of begonias and dahlias – so pretty!

What kind of prep are you doing to get ready for Spring 2017? Have you picked out the vegetables you want to grow? Have you sharpened your tools? Have you decided where that new flower bed is going to be?

Remember, the more you prepare now, the less stressful it will be when it comes to choosing and placing plants this season. Especially, if you are planning on adding permanent plants such as trees or shrubs. I have wanted to add fruits to our yard ever since we bought our house and I think 2017 is the year to begin. My first step was to make a list of what I would like to plant (and eat) and the second step is to do my research to see which ones will work in our yard. So, last week, I visited the library and borrowed a bunch of gardening books.

I’m really looking forward to reading the one on Espalier fruit trees and the one on small fruit trees.

In no particular order, here is the list of edibles I’d like to plant:

Asparagus (yes, I know its not a fruit)
Currants
Honeyberries
Blueberries
Pears
Chokecherries
Blackberries
Plums
Jostaberries
Lingonberries
It looks like I want more shrubs than trees! Maybe I should plant a hedge.

 

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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.