January to-do list
Fruit tree pruning is best done in January and February.
Call your area Master Gardener office for information regarding the Pruning Fruit and Nut Tree pamphlet.
Fireproofing the area within the first 30 feet of your home can mean the difference of saving or losing your home.
Moss and algae in the lawn is usually caused by neglect. It may be because of poor drainage, too much water, soil compaction, restriction of air flow, too much thatch or a soil imbalance.
Frost is a danger in the coming weeks.
Move houseplants to a bright, sunny location.
For our complete list of January Gardening Tips, click on: www.mastergardeners.org/tips/january.html
What to plant now
Bare root: Artichokes, asparagus, blackberries, grapevines, onions, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries, roses, fruit trees, perennials.
Seeds: Arugula, Asian greens, bell beans, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, peas, salsify, spinach.
To find a list of cool season vegetables that do well in your area, contact your local Master Gardeners.
Rebecca Jepsen is a Santa Clara County Master Gardener. Have a question? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Master Gardener programs are UC Cooperative Extension, county based volunteer organizations dedicated to providing research-based gardening information to home gardeners. And they love sharing information and answering questions. Santa Clara Master Gardeners, 408-282-3105, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. http://mastergardeners.org/scc.html