What's Coming Up 237: Pruning, seed starting, arbor design

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Six timely articles

Thawt it Would Come: Late winter pruning windows.

Saving your trees from impostor arborists.

Arbors you can make from tree pruning scrap.

Buddy do you have a light? No? Then don't sow yet.

Mealybug season!

Readers share their winning container garden combos.

 

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Connecting these dots can entertain even the non-gardener. That's More Mileage from Your Garden!

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In Our Garden

Thawt it Would Come: Late winter pruning windows

It's a thaw if for three or more days the daytime temperatures are above freezing and nights stay above 25F. If it's dry, too, then it's perfect pruning weather.

We've posted this explanation of why to prune during a thaw, what we're pruning and guidance for you as you cut.

No one wants to trample the garden to prune the tree.

No one wants to trample the garden to prune the tree.

Big Mistake, Big Lesson department

Saving Trees from Impostor Arborists

Late winter is busy tree pruning time. Not a job for a gardener, nor for a wannabe arborist! Call in the pros. For all the reasons and a scary story, read this.

Stumper department

Arbors from tree pruning scrap

We've been working on the bones of our new landscape. That's meant building arbors from branches removed while pruning trees. Take a look for a preview of our design, an answer to an undesirable view and a link to our video showing you how to make your own arbor:

Green Thumbs Up and Down

Light first, sow later

Yay! The catalogs and emails about new plants and seeds are all over our desks, end tables and inbox. Boo! We will be tempted to sow seeds too early. Read about it here.

Main Features of the Season

Buggy house plant

Indoor plants need help for this final, dimly lit stretch!

Check it out.

Tip Cuttings

Tried and true container combinations

In the department where we harvest tips from our off-site conversations at the Forum and from webinars, check out these plant combinations for container gardens. These are some that have thrilled the passionate gardeners who attended our Gardens in Containers webinar. You can download the list of their very best plantings.

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Mealybugs! Always a few are there but only when plants weaken in winter can they proliferate.

Mealybugs! Always a few are there but only when plants weaken in winter can they proliferate.