Looking to spring

The past year was a good one for most garden enthusiasts, and a good year in other ways, as we celebrated our 68th wedding anniversary.

  • Feb. 8, 2011 7:00 a.m.

The past year was a good one for most garden enthusiasts, and a good year in other ways, as we celebrated our 68th wedding anniversary.

On Feb. 14, Okanagan Gardens and Roses will hold the first meeting of the 2011 season, meeting at the Schubert Centre at 7:30 p.m. If you are new in town, you are welcome to drop in and see what we are all about.

As usual, we will be taking care of the Hospice House rose garden, removing the winter cover in late March. We will be looking for helpers.

This is the time of year we start to get ready to start seedlings. If you have a good greenhouse, you can start pansies, petunias and many others. If not, you should wait until mid-March.

Tomato plants have a bad habit of reaching for the light. As soon as the daytime temperature rises, put them outside in good light.

Mid-March is also a good time to start those begonia tubers. Look for tubers that are firm and showing signs of budding. They will be in bloom about 60 days later. When you plant begonias, do not cover with soil: lay the tuber on the soil with the top exposed. When starting seeds or tubers, be very careful not to over-water: some moisture is needed, but never soggy wet.

I am looking forward to a very active year for Communities in Bloom. This organization deserves support by the community.