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  • February Garden Calendar

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  • Gardening Basics
    Look for crocuses emerging this month.
    Any gardening chores should be done with special attention to the soil. Overly wet soil will compact, making future root growth difficult. Squeeze a lump of soil in your hand and toss it on the ground. If it breaks apart, your soil is workable. If not, wait for a dry spell.
    Kitchen and Orchard
    Peach trees are the only fruit trees grown in the valley that require fertilization. Add nitrogen, using package directions for amounts.
    Fertilize overwintered vegetables now and again in March.
    Bare root strawberry plants are available. Plant them in soil amended with organic matter and a balanced fertilizer.
    Take your soil's temperature. If it's over 50 degrees you can seed directly: arugula, mustard greens, peas, radishes, spinach. If you have a cold frame, try lettuce, beets, cabbage, chard, kale and chives.
    Ornamental Garden
  • Plant primroses now, a cheerful accent with a delicate scent. Make a Valentine's Day display by planting red blossoms in a heart shape. Make sure to harden off plants that were kept in greenhouses before planting outside.
  • Cut back ornamental grasses by the end of the month. Clean up thoroughly, if you haven't already. Begin pruning roses.
  • Buy your flower seeds now. Most tender annuals should be started 6-8 weeks before the last expected frost (Mother's Day), but seeds like poppies, daisies and columbine can be started earlier. Others need a period of cold, in your refrigerator or freezer, in order to germinate.
  • Opportunities
  • Need a serious garden experience? The annual Northwest Flower and Garden Show runs Feb. 14-18 at the Convention Center in Seattle. The third largest flower show in the country. For information and tickets www.gardenshow.com. A bit closer to home is the Yard, Garden & Patio Show at Portland's Oregon Convention Center held February 23-25. For information http://ygpshow.com/
  • Learn about North Mountain Park Nature Center, noon-3 p.m., Feb. 13. Interactive indoor exhibits and tours of the demonstration gardens and natural area at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Find out about volunteer opportunities. 620 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. Ages 12 and up, Free. Register online at http://ashlandparks.recware.com or call the Nature Center at 488.6606.
  • When life gives you lemons, why not make Lemon Chutney, Lemon Curd or Lavender Lemonade. Get a little history and folklore of the lemon and learn how to preserve lemons in salt. 7-9 p.m., Feb. 27 at the Oregon State University Extension & Experiment Station, 569 Hanley Rd., Central Point. $5 materials fee. Call 776-7371 to pre-register.
  • Garden Clubs
    ASHLAND (482-5634)
    Monday, Feb. 5
    Enjoying & caring for orchids
    Eleanor Brady & Wendy Starr
    Rogue Valley Orchid Society
    CENTRAL POINT (664-1726)
    Wednesday, Feb. 7
    Gourds and gourd art
    Vera K Originals
    JACKSONVILLE (899-4074)
    Thursday, Feb. 15
    Wildflowers on Jacksonville woodland trails
    Jeaneva Wilson
    MEDFORD (779-7650)
    Friday, Feb. 16
    Tree trimming
    Bill Harrington,
    Medford city arborist

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