Did you think you were through gardening in California Sierra mountains? Usually we have rain and snow, but noooo. Here are more winter gardening ideas and things to do for the Sierra foothill garden in California:
Get ready to sow seeds.
- Rake out and remove weeds in the area you want to seed.
- Do not add soil amendments or disturb the soil. This would allow weed seeds to be exposed to the sunlight.
- Just before or after a rain, evenly sow the seeds and step on them gently as you walk over the bed to achieve good soil contact. This is key.
Take care of ‘delicate flowers’
Protect tender perennials with mulch. If you have plants that are happier in a zone or two warmer than yours, like Mexican sage and succulents prone to frost bite, cover them with a thick layer of mulch. Pull pots of pelargoniums (geraniums) under the eaves to overwinter them.
All this mess on the patio appears every morning and every morning I sweep it back. Wind, raccons. No, spotted towhees! ‘Spotted’ them one early morning from the kitchen window….
I can’t tell you the proper way to prune roses. There are enough tutorials out there. What I do is just shape it the way I like trimming off old branches and shaping it the way it pleases me. I have two ‘Iceberg’ roses which I’m training up the side of the house and attaching with eye bolts and zip ties to large branches. I also trimmed both my buddleias down to 18″ for the winter. Last year’s experiment showed that doing this rejuvenates the plant greatly!I know that if you live in deer country and you have plants big enough to prune you’re doing well!
How to build a new ‘no-dig’ garden bed.
- Benefits of raised beds
- Allow water to drain quickly,
- Prevents foot traffic and soil compaction
- Soil warms up quickly in Spring
Outline the new bed with stakes and string or edge with rocks, bricks or logs.
Mulch over grass or weeds with several layers of newspaper to suppress more growth.
Apply 4-6 inches of compost, leaves or a mixture of the two with fertilizer.
Over the winter the newspaper will decompose while smothering the weeds
Plant right through all the layers in the Spring.