Winter Climate Week: Late-winter gardening

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – When you think of February, gardening might not be the first thing that comes to mind.

Depending on what you are planting and what is around your house, it might be time to start some projects.

Some plants need an early start, according to Bob Reynolds of the Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club.

“English peas, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli and cabbage … that’s what you need to think about now, especially if you want to dig up some of the soil, loosen it, and prepare to plant the seeds in the first half of February, the English peas,” Reynolds said . “You can probably put the other plants in the garden around mid-February.”

Most other plants need warmer air and warmer soil to achieve their full potential.

Mary Ann Hipp of the Garden Club said this is the time for gardeners to prepare for spring by tidying up the area around your home.

“When you have shrubs that are so overgrown that you no longer want them, this is a good time to get those things out completely and then you have a new space to start in the spring. Said Hipp.

It’s time to get these plants back in shape too, Reynolds said.

“Pruning can be done in late February, maybe the first half of March, for most things that don’t bloom in spring,” he said. “If you have trees that are bigger than you want, or limbs that are pointing in the wrong direction, this is a good time to do so [do] pruning the deciduous trees and even the evergreen plants. You can shape yourself without putting any weight on the tree. ”

Hipp noticed a certain plant many meters away that you should leave alone.

“Please, please, don’t murder your crepe myrtle,” she said. “It makes a much weaker tree if you round it off.”

At the Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club’s April Plant Sale at Spartanburg Community College on April 2nd and 3rd from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, you’ll find crepe myrtles of various sizes and many other plants that will fill your garden for days.

The Spartanburg Men’s Garden Club isn’t just for men, by the way. It’s open to everyone.

For more information about the club and its biannual plant sales, please visit https://dirtdaubers.org/.