In the Organic Garden: Week of February 20, 2017

Viola | Spotts Garden Service

February 20 to 26, 2017: unusually warm temperatures have bulbs pushing up and trees budding ahead of schedule. We’re spending this week pruning fruit trees and and starting seeds indoors for the spring garden.

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The Organic Garden: Week of February 13, 2017

Sketchbook with hand-drawn garden plan and packets of seeds.

February 13 to 19, 2017: Welcome back to our weekly series! This week, we’re making planting plans, ordering plants, and gearing up for starting spring vegetables indoors. Read more ›

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Evaluating Garden Health

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We’re big believers that the garden should reflect both the spirit of the place and the personality of the people who live and play in it. We’ve found the best way to keep our gardens moving in that direction is the garden evaluation. Read more ›

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What to See and Do in the Zone 6 February Garden

snowdrops

Unusually warm temperatures are teasing gardeners, but snow and slush keep returning. Still, hints of spring are all around!

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The Fragrance of Christmas

Christmas potpourri | Spotts Garden Service

The smell of a fresh-cut tree or the aroma of cookies baking can take us back to previous holidays in a heartbeat. The fragrances on this list are a integral part of our holiday traditions (and probably yours too)! Read more ›

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The Hugelkultur Experiment

Wood debris in hugelkultur |Spotts Garden Service

We’re creating a new garden across the street from our office. This triangle-shaped spot was covered in turf grass, with two dead trees that had to come down. And furthermore, a giant depression smack in the middle of the property would need to be filled in to create usable planting space. These factors made the perfect spot for an experiment we’ve been wanting to try: hugelkultur!

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In the Organic Garden: Week of December 5, 2016

Winterberry and juniper | Spotts Garden Service

December 5 to 11, 2016 We’re wrapping up fall cleanups and potting up forcing bulbs in these last couple of weeks of the garden year.

While the Spotts crew plans on working until December 16, when we’ll take a holiday break, this is the last entry in our “This Week in the Organic Garden” series for 2016. We’ll be back with these weekly updates in January, as we gear up for dormant tree pruning and seed starting. And don’t forget to check out all our other great garden articles and how-tos on the Spotts blog and Facebook page!

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In the Organic Garden: Week of November 28, 2016

Red winter arrangement | Spotts Garden Service

November 28 to December 4, 2016 We’ll keep working in the garden until we get significant snowfall. So we’re cutting down and cleaning up, decorating and wrapping pots for winter, and potting up bulbs for forcing indoors. Read more ›

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In the Organic Garden: Week of November 21, 2016

November 21 to 27, 2016 We’re spending Thanksgiving week chipping and reusing fallen leaves, wrapping and decorating outdoor pots for winter, and potting up bulbs to force.

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Wildlife-Friendly Fall Garden Cleanup

Seed head | Spotts Garden Service

Fall is a busy season in the garden. In addition to harvesting in the fruit and vegetable gardens, we spend fall planting new borders, digging and dividing existing plants, and planting bulbs. By the time mid-November comes around, we’re ready to start truly tucking the garden in for its wintery slumber.

The final garden chore of the year is the fall garden cleanup. At one time, we would rush to cut down and haul away spent plants and fallen leaves. But we’ve learned that health of the garden depends on doing our fall garden cleanup in a smart, strategic way. We want to remove anything that may promote disease, but leave enough to shelter wildlife, protect plant crowns, and feed birds.

With that in mind, here’s how we at Spotts Garden Service approach the fall cleanup. Read more ›

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