Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Winter garden clean up/feed

Perennials...
Cut back old leaves on Helleborus so you can enjoy the full beauty of the flowers

Cut back all Epimedium, evergreen varieties, so you can enjoy the winter blooms, make sure to watch out for the emerging buds

Start cutting down deciduous grasses, (do not trim evergreen types, unless you only cut back by 1/3-personally  I'd save it till late March)

Start mulching....preferably with manures in the perennial borders- steer manures, chicken manures....I know you like the look of Cedar Grove-but it has no food for your plants.
It's a dead over processed material.   (Like hot dogs and fishy crackers...)

Fertilize your lawns (if you do lawns) with an organic blend that includes (why YES! we do carry these!) rock phosphates and kelp- among other fabulous ingredients


IF you have an area that is depleted, or if you moved in a house and never see worms when you dig in the soil (probably chemically fed- all life is killed off) use worm castings (nice word for poop)
Why yes we do sell it-as a matter of fact we are THE only West Seattle retailer for YELM worm and castings


Seed clover in the lawns (again if you have lawn) to feed the soil,  a natural nitrogen source and stays green all year!     plus!!! a very good source of nectar for HONEYBEES