After beautiful December rains in the San Francisco Bay Area…. we enjoyed sunny days all through January that encouraged a lot of activity in our gardens. Let’s take a peak at Pat’s gardens…..
Prune back roses……that’s a heart-breaking task, when there are still a few healthy blossoms on the bushes. But, it’s time to prune if we want to enjoy a breath-taking show in early spring
Dahlia tubers (bulbs) planted early last spring are ready to be dug up, separated, divided, and stored until April when it will be time to plant again.
I discovered a “garden fork” worked great for me when digging up the tubers. Can you see the daffodils popping up behind me?
The Schaaf abode should have about 300 daffodils in full bloom by mid February.
After digging and dividing the tubers, they have to be labeled and stored in a cool place. I used peat moss and plastic bags to store. Since it’s important the tubers are not too wet or dry, they have to be checked weekly.
I dug up thirty-five plants and have about 150 tubers to store. My colleague has over five hundred plants and two thousand tubers!
Lots of yellow in back yard…
Daffodils must love the lemon tree as they are always the first to show their pretty faces.
The daffodils that are getting less sun and are in competition with the herbs (especially the parsley which grows like a weed) are just starting to bloom.
Fava Beans – Organic Gardening
Lastly, I’d like to share an experience I had last August with my friend Fran. We attended an organic gardening class at Filoli.
What did we learn that we could apply to our veggie gardens? Plant fava beans during the winter months. The roots give off nitrogen which the tomatoes will capture during the summer.
My August blog will have photos of organic tomatoes where
the fava beans are growing this winter.