Thursday, January 8, 2015

January Flower; Pruning; Great Idea for Organizing your Garden Shed

It is January and that means Snowdrops!
If you are having a birthday this month, your birth flower is either Carnation or Snowdrops.  It is hard to believe something so fragile and beautiful could bloom in this cold winds, some places snow.
January also means cleaning and organizing-starting fresh.  I saw this photo in a blog I read myself using a pallet to hang garden supplies, too cute.  Easy, cheap (or free if you can find a pallet)
Frank was asked by the local hardware store Ace to build a cabinet to be used for storage; to show different materials they sell; and can have hanging pots on this.  Frank did a panel of galv. steel (one piece we had); regular 2x6" fencing; tree poles sliced in half; lattice.  The door opens to have shelves.  Our friend works in the gardening section and she wanted something to use to hang pots on when all the spring flowers arrive.  This will be so cute. OH, and he put rollers on it so it can be moved inside or out as a display.  Frank did such a great job and it was a big hit when it was delivered to the store.  He is a keeper!!!  Here are photos showing each side.

 This is the time of year that we prune all our fruit trees.  Nice to get out when weather is decent; and with pruning, we get to look at each tree to inspect the general health of the tree, prune down the inner limbs; trim the height.  Most orchards are growing trees shorter and shorter so picking can be done with very limited use of ladders.  This helps farmers with workers comp costs.
Are you interested in learning how to prune or water your trees?  I received a flyer from Bald Mt. Nursery in Browns Valley, Ca. 
They are giving a prune class on two Saturdays, January 17th and 31st 10:00am.  Classes are about an hour long.  He said he will show you how to prune fruit trees; spraying, mulching and setting up watering systems for trees.  It is FREE!!  Their nursery is beautiful - 3 generation business.
Heading back out to prune more trees!!

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