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Early Spring Gardening 2017

Spring Gardening has its own unique challenges!

 

Jenny has lists and ideas to help you work around anything Spring and Mother Nature has to challenge you with.

Whether you are new to gardening or not, learning what to think about in the planning and soil prep and choosing the right cool weather plants will help you succeed this year.

Starting from seed or starts, growing annuals or perennials, including edible flowers and herbs, you can win this seasonal challenge. Your garden will be growing and ready to burst forth once any warm weather arrives.

 

 What:    Early Spring Gardening

 When:   March 18, 2017 @ 11AM

   Repeated March 20, 2017 @ 11AM

 Where:  Farmington Gardens

                21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

 Cost:      Free but please REGISTER

 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com

 Phone:   503.649.4568

Winter Damage

           Well, we made it through the ‘Snowpocalypse’. Boy, was it crazy! We’ve started getting phone calls seeking advice on what to do with some of your plants. While most gardens have come through the heavier than usual snow and longer lasting cold just fine, some plants are looking a little worse for wear. Here are some things you can do.

Broken Branches

Any branches that have snapped off or fallen, trim up the best you can. Make a cut about 1-2 inches from where it meets the main branch or trunk-also known as the branch collar. For branches too large to cut with hand pruners, make sure to use the three step cut. Here is an excellent video explaining what this is and how to do it. - Pruning Trees with the Three Cut Method
Some branches peeled bark away as they fell and left ragged ends. Clean these up as best you can and don’t worry. It will heal over with time. It’s been found that the use of prune paint or any additional treatment just isn’t necessary. The trees are best left on their own to heal.

This will now heal over more easily

This branch needs to be cleaned up

Staghorn Ferns: Build a Unique Mounted Display

   

 

 

Staghorn ferns naturally live on tree branches and stones- no soil needed!

You can grow and display one of these unique and popular plants in your home.

   Join us for this Hands-On class!

You choose the staghorn fern and mounting style. We'll take you step-by-step to creating a finished piece of living art.

All materials and care instructions supplied.

 

 

 

  What:   The Care and Mounting of Staghorn Ferns

   When:  Saturday, February 18th, 2017 1PM                                                      Repeated: Monday, February 20th, 2017 @ 1PM

  Where: Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton 97007

  Cost:    Staghorn plant and all materials $20.

               Registration required

  Email: events@farmingtongardens.com

  Phone: 503.649.4568

How to Prune and Care for Japanese Maples Spring 2017

 You probably took a lot of time choosing just the right acer palmatum for your yard. 

 Growth habit, leaf structure and color all came in to play. Finding the right pot or place in your yard was another choice.

 Now, you have to make more decisions.      How do you prune your prized japanese maple?

 

Our Mr. Lou will help you lose the fear and cut loose. No pun intended!
Knowing when and where to prune or where to make a larger cut can make a difference in the long term beauty of your tree.
Proper fertilizer and watering needs will also be covered.

 What:    Pruning and Care of Japanese Maples

 When:    Saturday, February 18th, 2017 @ 11AM                                                       Repeated: Sunday, February 19th, 2017 @  1PM sorry class full and

Monday, February 20th, 2017 @ 11AM

 Where:  Farmington Gardens
                21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:      FREE but please Register
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568

Introduction to Mason Bees

Learn the simple basics of mason bees.

Master Gardener and Native Pollinator Specialist Ron Spendal is returning this year with a comprehensive set of one hour classes about pollinators, their care, and how to attract them. The first of the series will be about mason bees.

 

 

These solitary bees are very docile and are excellent early spring pollinators. One mason bee can do the pollination work of 100 honey bees! Understanding and caring for mason bees is very interesting and easy. They are beneficial to every gardener, no matter the garden type.

 

What:   Introduction to Mason Bees

When:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017 @ 1PM

Where: Farmington Gardens

             21815 SW Farmington Rd., Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:   FREE but please REGISTER

Email:  events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:  503.649.4568

Planning Your Spring Garden with Jenny

seed starting suppliesNeed help getting started with your gardens this year? Jenny can help you decide what you can grow in the spaces you have.

Making a plan is the first step. The next is creating a timeline for your choices.

Which seeds can be planted now?

Do you plant them directly outside or start them inside?

Jenny will give you tips for growing both vegetable and flower seeds.

Learn the options you have when starting them inside, how to nurture the seedlings and how to transplant them.

Find out about planting seeds outside and the best ways to protect that tender new growth from Mother Nature's constant changes.

Using the proper techniques, you will be successful at growing your own produce and blooms from start to finish.

 

When:  Saturday, February 25th, 2017 @ 11AM

              Repeated on

              Monday, February 27th, 2017 @  11 AM

Where:  Farmington Gardens

               21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007

Cost:      FREE but please REGISTER

Email:    events@farmingtongardens.com

Phone:   503.649.4568

 

Garden Buddies 2017- Let's Make a Terrarium!

The Love of Gardening begins early.

 

Start the New Year off with your little Gardeners creating a Terrarium.

They get their hands in the dirt building their own ecosystem while Jenny helps them learn what it takes for these tiny plants to grow and thrive.

How do plants breathe? How do they drink? How do they eat?

Your Garden Buddies will go home with a filled terrarium all ready to be nurtured with their 'Green Thumbs'.

 

 What:    Build a Terrarium!
 When:   February 11th, 2017 @ 10AM
 Where:  Farmington Gardens
                21815 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton OR 97007
 Cost:      $5. Containers, soil, and plants supplied
 Email:   events@farmingtongardens.com
 Phone:  503.649.4568

Registration is Required
Lessons are geared toward children aged 5-10 but all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. We encourage our Garden Buddies to dress appropriately for hands-on activities.

Brighten Your Winter Garden with a Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’
Hamamelis  x intermedia ‘Arnold’s Promise”

bright yellow flowers of a witch hazelWait no more for a pop of color in your winter garden.
The witch hazel ‘Arnold’s Promise’ bursts with blooms on bare branches. This only highlights the bright yellow, spidery flowers against the bark, especially on a gray winter day. Their color causes the deciduous, flowering shrub to be an accent piece at this time of year, even when placed among other shrubs or under taller trees in your yard.

Thriving in our slightly acidic soils when sited in full sun or part shade, the vase shaped witch hazel can take most soil types as long as it is well drained. Regular watering is preferred. Prune after flowering to maintain the natural vase shaped growth.
Easy care, slow but regular growth and the talk of the town during these late winter months – what more can be asked for?

 

 

Hellebore Blooms in the Winter Garden

Now is the time to go out in your yard and prune back the leaves of your Hellebores, commonly called Lenten Rose. They are usually a bit shabby after the colder part of the winter. This takes away from those new blossoms that are blooming or budding out. Just be careful when pruning that you do not damage those blooms.

The result will be a bouquet of solid color. Don’t worry, fresh new leaves will soon be unfurling.

Do not cut back the hellebore foetidus as their blooms form toward the end of the leafy stalk.

This evergreen perennial foetidus ‘Wester Flisk’ is ready to go home with you and give you year-long texture as well as late winter clusters of blooms.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also available in the green house are hellebores from the Gold Collection.

‘Jacob’ has very visual white flowers as they are outward facing, unlike older varieties which look down. Notice the red stems, an attractive variation from the standard.
variegated leaves of 'Snow Fever' hellebore

 

 

 

 

 

‘Snow Fever’ with a smaller, cupped blossom, has variegated leaves that are showy in the shade garden.

 

 

 

 

Hellebores, drought and deer resistant, are a wonderful addition to any shade garden.

 

Get Ready for the Frost and Cold

It is going to happen sooner than later.
Temperatures are going to go down much colder than some of your plants like.  Don't lose those more tender plants to the frost.

Most shrubs and perennials are hardy to our area but we do try to test our zonal limits in the Willamette Valle, especially with more tropical looking plants. Some of these perennials and vines are actually considered annuals here or are only marginally hardy.

What can you do to protect them?

Protect them with a frost cloth. When properly placed, Harvest-Guard blankets trap heat in and protect the plant from any cold, drying winds. It can raise the temperature under the protected area up to 7 degrees.

With some plants, you just need to be bring them  in the house or garage. They not only dislike the cold, they do not do well in our wet winters.

Plants in pots are at a disadvantage during the cold weather as their roots are not as protected as they would be if planted in the ground. You lose one zone of hardiness if the pots have become too small for the root growth and they no longer are insulated by the soil. This includes potted shrubs.

Move these pots to a protected area by the house or into the garage. An alternative would be to sink the pot in the ground in an area unused during the winter, like a vegetable garden. If you do not have room or the pots are too large, a small greenhouse could give them the added protection. It would also be a place to start seedlings in the spring.

Vegetable beds can be covered with Grow Tunnels – mini hoop houses over 10 feet long and 1foot 8 inches wide. You can both extend your growing season and get an early start in the spring. We carry two types: one allows the rain through and the other offers more protection from our Oregon liquid gold.

Want something larger? This year we carry 20 foot wide 4 mil plastic sheeting, 10 feet long PVC pipes and a variety of connectors to create your own Hoop House. We will gladly walk you through the construction process.

Mulching your hardy perennials for the winter is always a good idea. This gives protection to even your hardy perennials in case of a long and deep cold spell. Just remember to remove the mulch once the threat of frost has gone.

Cutting back herbaceous perennials, keeping the roots hydrated, and protecting the more tender ones will get you well on the way to overwintering your plants successfully!