Backyard garden strategies from Dan Gill: Tidy up ground addresses, plant potatoes and a lot more | Residence/Back garden

Ground Covers: You may well clip ground handles again now by means of February just before new expansion seems to remove unattractive foliage, rejuvenate the crops and control development. Liriope, monkey grass, wedelia, Japanese ardisia and Asiatic jasmine, among other people, can be slice back with a lawn mower modified to its greatest placing, a string trimmer or hedge clippers.

POTATOES: Plant Irish potatoes into the backyard garden through mid-February. Slash seed potatoes (available at nurseries or feed retailers) into items about the measurement of an egg. Make confident each individual piece consists of at the very least 1 eye. Allow the reduce seed pieces to recover a couple of days, and then plant them into nicely-ready beds about 12 inches apart and 4 inches deep. Harvest generally can take place in May. Red LaSoda (purple) and Kennebec (white) are typically the most conveniently obtainable, and the two generate effectively right here.

SPRING BULBS: If you order pots of spring flowering bulbs in bloom, it is frequently best to discard them just after they end flowering. Some exceptions would be amaryllis, paperwhites, daffodils and other narcissi. These can be planted into the garden when the bouquets fade. Wait around right up until April to plant amaryllis in the back garden.

DIVIDE: Now is a great time to dig, divide and transplant dormant hardy perennials in your flower gardens. Do not dig and divide any perennials that are in active growth now, this sort of as Louisiana irises, calla lilies, Easter lilies, acanthus and spring flowering bulbs.


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Dan Gill is a retired buyer horticulture expert with the LSU AgCenter. He hosts the “Garden Show” on WWL-AM Saturdays at 9 a.m. E-mail gardening concerns to [email protected]