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  • Prune trees and shrubs, both ornamental and fruit trees
  • Check flower beds for plants that may have heaved
  • Check outside plants for animal damage
  • Cut some branches for forcing
  • Check evergreens for signs of desiccation
  • Start seed for cool season veggies
  • Apply dormant oil to fruit trees

February 22 and 23
Manhattan Area Garden Show
Pottorf Hall, Cico Park
1710 Avery Avenue
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday Noon - 4:00 pm

March 7 and 8
Spring Open House
Minature Garden Seminar at 10:00 am on Saturday March 8th. Make your own minature garden. $15 ea. Call to sign up!
Pansy Sale!

Horticulture Hints

Growing Herbs

It may be cold outside but we can always prepare for spring planting. And with Herbs you can even enjoy them in the winter by growing containers on your windowsill. To get even more information please attend our seminar on February 22nd at 1 pm at the Manhattan Area Garden Show.

If planting outside prepare the area for planting by loosening the soil and adding good compost about 1 to 2 inches. Work the material into the top foot of soil before you plant. Choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sunlight.

When starting an herb garden take time to lay out a plan just like you would any landscape. An herb garden can be formal, informal or worked into your existing landscape. Many herbs have very attractive foliage and flowers. Design as you would any landscape, short varieties in front of the landscape, such as thyme and chamomile. The taller types should be planted in the back, or center depending on your design. Plant in groups of 3 or 5, odd numbers are always best.

Keep in mind that you will have to harvest, make sure your bed is accessible on all sides. Design pathways thru your garden for access and to alleviate compaction. Many people use straw or mulch as their pathways, this also aides in weed prevention.

Plant your herbs early in the morning or late in the afternoon to prevent the transplants from wilting in the midday sun. And always plant plenty of the herbs that you will use most. For example if you like pesto sauce, plant lots and lots of Basil. Always keep your bed weed free and fertilize very little.

Words to the wise, mints are very aggressive, and will take over the herb garden or landscape bed. I would suggest planting in a container.

Herbs are either annual or perennial. Annual means they are very sensitive to frost and will not survive the winter. Perennials will last year after year, and keep in mind they will need to be divided every now and again. Usually about every 2 to 5 years.

Some common annual herbs are Basil, Cilantro, and Parsley. Examples of perennial herbs would be Chives, Oregano, Thyme, Mint, Rosemary and Sage.

The harvesting of Parsley and Chives can be done at any time, just cut off what you need to use for cooking with scissors. Harvest Rosemary and Thyme in full bloom and with Basil, Fennel, mint, sage, tarragon just before they bloom.

After harvesting just rinse your herbs and thoroughly dry the leaves. Place into individual containers or baggies. Always label and date.

To Dry Herbs simply hang in bundles upside down in a cool dark room. Put into an airtight sealed container after drying completely.

Read about herbs in containers in Nancy’s Notes.

Nancy's Notebook

Herbs inside

Herbs are well suited for container growing because they have a lot of flavor, take up little room and can be harvested continuously. Growing herbs in containers allows you to bring your herb garden indoors over the winter for year-round growing and harvesting. You can plant herbs in their individual container or together in a window box.

Fill the pots with a well-draining potting soil mix such as Fertilome Ultimate Potting Mix. Make sure that each pot has one or more drainage holes in the bottom to allow water to drain away from the root systems.

Make holes in each pot that are slightly larger than the root ball of the herb. Space each plant 3 to 5 inches apart to allow it room to grow if using a large container for several plants.

Place each herb root ball in a prepared hole so that the base of the stem is level with the surrounding soil. Pat down the soil firmly to secure the root balls in the soil. Water the soil until water drains from the holes in the bottom and set the pots in the sink to drain. Do not let your plants set in water, dump the excess. It may contain excess salts and minerals that can be harmful to your plants

Place the the potted herbs in a sunny window or a covered porch where they will get at least six hours of sunlight each day. Indoor herbs prefer day temperatures that are at least 65 to 70 degrees F and night-time temperatures that do not drop below 50 degrees F.

Add water when the top 1/4 inch of soil is dry to the touch. Place the potted herbs close together to create a humid environment around the plants, and mist the leaves every few days. Turn the pots every other day so that all sides of the herbs get plenty of sun and grow evenly.

Fertilize every other week with a mild soluble fertilizer formulated such as Fertilome Gardeners Special. Harvest your herbs as you want to use them but don't take more than one-third of the plants' green growth at a time

To enjoy your herbs all year long remember you can grow them inside!

The store is undergoing a remodel, we are anxious for you to see all the changes. It won’t be long and Spring will be here!

Avery's Additions

With all of the snow on the ground we begin to wonder if Spring will ever arrive, but it will be here soon! A great way to jump start Spring is to attend the Manhattan Area Garden Show. This year I have the pleasure of giving a seminar at the Garden Show! I will be speaking about Floral Arranging on Sunday, February 23rd at 3pm. The seminar will include simple tips and tricks to make the most of your cut flower garden or out of a premade cut flower mix from the grocery store.

We have been busy in the Garden Store this Winter remodeling and boy are we excited to show it off! Spring Open House will be March 7-8 and we hope to have a big Grand Opening Day on Saturday with treats and specials. Don’t forget; we may be remodeling but we are still open!


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4539 Anderson Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66503-9799
Garden Store: (785) 539-2217
Landscaping Office: (785) 539-2671

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