Gardening season officially begins (did it ever end?). Plant selection at garden centers expands now. Keep an eye on newspaper listings for their garden-related classes. See below for pruning classes offered by Master Gardeners.
Boost the growth of winter-grown leafy greens by fertilizing with a high nitrogen fertilizer now and again in March.
To plant this month: arugula, mustard and turnip greens, peas, radishes and spinach. Seed indoors for transplanting: brassicas like broccoli and cauliflower, leeks and bulbing onions.
Because a cold spring often causes pea seeds to rot, make sure to seed at least a few cell packs with your favorite varieties. Remember peas like to be planted densely, but be careful not to disturb new root growth when inter-planting these starts.
Plant seeds for flowers indoors, to plant out as the weather warms: dianthus, English daisies, columbine. Sow in flats, or cell packs. Poppies can be sown in peat, or paper pots, as they do not like their roots to be disturbed.
Consider planting English poppies in your lawn. These perennial low-growers are undisturbed by mowing, and their bright flowers inspire our spring lawns. Plant as young starts, or seed an area.
Clematis, rhododendron, bare-root roses and camellias are available now and can be planted. See Stan Mapolski's tips about working wet garden soil in this issue. Make sure to harden off plants that were kept in greenhouses.
Jackson County Master Gardeners offer two classes this month. Both classes are held at the Oregon State University Extension Center, 569 Hanley Road, Central Point and have a $5 fee.
Grapevine pruning is demonstrated by Quail Run Vineyard's Chris Hubert. Learn about training vines and plant maintenance for healthy grape production. 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Feb. 9.
Fruit tree pruning will be covered by Terry Helfrich of Bear Creek Corp. Learn how to maintain tree health and vigor and maximize fruit production. Central leader and open center systems, and young and older tree pruning will be covered. Class runs 9 a.m. to noon, Sat., Feb. 23.
Scholarship: The Master Gardeners will award up to $2,500 to an upper level college student who graduated from a Jackson County high school and is now majoring in a plant-related field at OSU, including landscape design and horticulture. Applications are available from the OSU Horticulture Department and must be postmarked by March 15.