If you have not already planted your onion bulbs or transplants in February, you can plant them now. They can be planted 3/4″ to 1″ deep and 3″-4″ apart in a sunny to partially sunny location. These are just an assortment of red, yellow and white onion bulbs.
Here is a pic of the lemon flower that was hand pollinated on February 1st. It has developed into a very small green lemon. The petals will be shed and the lemon will grow to a full size over the next few months. Then in the fall, it will ripen and turn yellow.
This mockingbird lives in this holly bush by my window. He was not amused when a large flock of at least 100 robins appeared today and wanted to dine on the holly berries. He ran all the robins away. He even dive bombed into a cluster of about 30 robins on low oak branch nearby.
The birds will also appreciate food and water during this cold week. I have a hanging feeder with black oil sunflower seeds and will be putting out a tray of food on the lawn each day for the birds like Juncos who forage on the ground (and removing it in the evening).I have been seeing a LOT of Juncos in the yard today. Country people refer to them as “snow birds” because their appearance is usually a sign that the conditions are favorable for snow.
We emptied and disconnected our rain barrels today in so they would not crack during the low temperatures this weekend. If a rain barrel is full it has a better chance of cracking when the water turns to ice and expands. Pic of my 65 gallon barrel in summer.
Organic lawn care is a way of taking care of your lawn that involves no manmade chemicals. It makes the yard safe for your pets and kids, and has environmental benefits, too. However, basic lawn care will still be applicable, such as cutting at the proper height, fertilizing, and seeding.
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