It’s the day after groudhog day and the great prognosticator of spring’s arrival has “spoken.” We are in for 6 more weeks of winter.……
Yes, I can hear your collective groan of resignation and dread, but really, for the fruit garden this is a good thing. Here are a reason-a-week, and some suggested garden activities to help us all keep a positive mind set:
- There is still time to collect scionwood for topworking trees while the wood is fully dormant.
- Fruit varieties with long chilling requirements may need a few weeks yet to fulfill this vital link to proper flowering and fruiting.
- Fruit tree diseases such as fireblight and black knot are best pruned out during the dormant season in order to prevent further spread of these diseases.
- The longer bloom is delayed into the spring the higher the likelihood of avoiding late spring frost damage; hence the chance for a bountiful crop.
- All the snow on the ground will help replenish ground water supplies that are depleted in many areas.
- There’s time to read one more garden book and pick up a few more hints to help you become a better gardener.