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After the Blizzard – Dreaming of Spring

After the Blizzard – Dreaming of Spring

Since many Cape Codder’s aren’t dug out from the storm yet, we have plenty of time to evaluate our landscape and dream of spring. Here are a few after-the-storm gardening tips:

  • Be sure to check the shrubs around your yard as soon as you’re able to get to them. If it’s possible, knock off any snow that’s bending branches down to the ground or pulling the plants in an odd direction. If you can’t get out to these plants until the drifts disappear don’t worry…it’s usually possible to stake or pull plants upright if they’ve gotten bent in an odd direction.
  • It’s difficult for birds to find food after a deep snowfall since many seeds and berries are covered. Even if you don’t normally feed the birds, this is a great time to put out seed. Those who don’t want to see the remains of seeds and shells around their patios or gardens should use the shelled black-oil sunflower seed. This seed is high-energy and attracts most birds including the colorful cardinals, bluebirds and woodpeckers.
  • Another gift to the birds in cold weather is a birdbath heater. Birds have a hard time finding unfrozen water in the winter, so a simple, plug-in heater that keeps fresh water available helps to sustain them. If you have a hard time getting to where your birdbath is located, consider repositioning it under a convenient window so that you can change the water from inside the house!
  • Spend some of your indoor hours cleaning up your house plants. Removing any dried leaves and stems improves their appearance. When you tend to house plants be sure to turn them so that the sides that are facing the windows occasionally are spun to face the interior of the room. This helps the plant to grow in a more even shape, and you’ll get to appreciate the view of their “sunny side leaves” once in awhile! House plants with dusty leaves should be wiped clean with a damp cloth at this time of year as well.
  • This is also a good time to start thinking about which plants you might want to grow from seed this year. We’ll have a seed-starting class on February 22nd at Hyannis Country Garden, and many seed starting supplies are already on the shelves!
  • We’re starting our countdown to spring…how about you?
  • When the power went out during the storm yesterday this normally warmed birdbath froze over. At one point a morning dove parked itself on the ice and sat for a couple of hours. I imagined it thinking "As soon as this thing comes on again I'm going to be the first in line!"

    When the power went out during the storm yesterday this normally warmed birdbath froze over. At one point a morning dove parked itself on the ice and sat for a couple of hours. I imagined it thinking “As soon as this thing comes on again I’m going to be the first in line!”

2 Comments

  1. Mary Finan on March 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Thank you for all your good tips for March; I have use for all. My large rose bed is still quite covered with snow and ice patches. I normally have had many pruned from the winter damage by now but it looks like I will have to wait a bit longer this year. I Hope they will all survive.

    • CLFornari on March 19, 2015 at 3:52 pm

      Your roses should be fine, Mary. Our cleanup might be a bit delayed, but they should have loved the insulation the snow provided!

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