From: The White House Gardener Mysteries by Dorothy St. James
Book 3: OAK AND DAGGER will be available April 2013!
I know it's only January, but it feels like spring in D.C. right now. I know from experience not to be fooled by this unseasonably warm weather. A cold snap is always around the corner!
Just because many of our planting beds are bare, that doesn't mean the White House gardeners are idle. Besides tending our winter crops, we're busy getting ready for spring!
We love the spring colors, and I'm especially looking forward to a new year of vegetable crops.
1. Get your pruning equipment ready for use in mid-February through mid-March.
2. Clean up fallen blooms/spent plants to prevent diseases in the fall.
3. Collect soil samples from your lawn, trees, flowerbeds, and vegetable garden and submit to your local extension service. Soil samples can be taken at any time of the year, but it is best to sample the soil a couple months before planting a garden, establishing perennials or before the optimum time for fertilizing lawns to allow ample time for the lime to react with the soil.
4. Shop for seeds for your spring plantings. (This is everyone's favorite task around here!)