You can start onions and leeks 8-12 weeks indoors before you plant them outside. Take a look at this seed starting method.
Learn more about seed starting on the HGIC website.
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- In this episode, we talk about environmentally friendly de-icers, understanding seed catalogs and packets (~6:18), and tool care (~11:37).
- Garden Tip of the Month: House plants and starting seeds inside (~19:15)
- Bug of the Month: Mealybugs (~23:25)
- Native Plant of the Month: Skunk cabbage ( ~27:37)
For more information about University of Maryland Extension and these topics, please check out the Home and Garden Information Center website at https://extension.umd.edu/hgic.
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- Day length is increasing and the sunlight is more intense. Houseplants will begin to show signs of new growth. It is time to start fertilizing your indoor plants.
- Leaf yellowing and leaf drop from houseplants can be a result of low light conditions combined with overwatering. Spider mites are another possible cause.
- Spring bulbs can still be planted if the ground is not frozen. Inspect the bulbs and plant only the solid, healthy ones as bulbs can deteriorate when stored. They may still bloom this year but will not be as vigorous. Do not cut back the green foliage that emerges, let it die back naturally.
- Keep garden beds covered with shredded leaves, straw, or bark mulch to minimize the risk of soil erosion and nutrient run-off.
- The Maryland Lawn Fertilizer Law prohibits anyone from using fertilizer products to melt ice and snow on steps, sidewalks or driveways.
Find more February Tips and Tasks on the HGIC website.