Horticulture Hints

In February, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow signaling six more weeks of winter. It has been a cold and blustery Pennsylvania winter and Phil’s prediction seems to have proven correct. Spring is just around the corner and with it comes some tips for your gardens:

✓ Start seeds of warm season vegetables and flowers indoors
✓ Force some spring blooming trees, shrubs and flowers like forsythia, pussy willow, hyacinth and daffodil.
✓ Keep tabs on plant crowns that may have heaved out of the ground during a thaw
✓ Begin removing mulch as temperatures increase
✓ Sharpen garden tools
✓ Divide perennials

The Horticulture Committee also met in early February. Plans are extensively underway for our Saturday, July 14th Garden Tour entitled “Plant America Beautiful.” The tour will be focused on gardens in the Mechanicsburg area. Please save the date in your calendars. Committees have been identified and will be revealed at our February monthly meeting. Help from members will be greatly appreciated. We are in need of hostesses at the gardens and if anyone who lives in Mechanicsburg is interested in showcasing your garden, please contact Karen McAuliffe. More information will be forthcoming at the meeting. We are looking forward to a successful tour and enjoying the beauty of hidden treasure private gardens within the Mechanicsburg area.

Happy Gardening as you prepare for the warmer weather and the excitement of brilliant color and new growth returning to your gardens.