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February 2019
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Order your seeds
Get your seeds ordered and find something wonderful for this season’s garden. Check the seeds you already have on hand before ordering so you don’t duplicate varieties.

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Tomato preparation
If you know where your tomatoes will be planted this year, cover the bed with black landscape fabric to raise the temperature of the soil. At planting time, the soil will be a little warmer and that’s just what tomatoes love.

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Time to prune
Pruning should be done now on most hardwood and fruit trees while the plants are dormant. Be sure to be well informed when pruning anything that blooms in the spring through June.

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Fruit tree prep
If temperatures rise into the high 40s or 50s, spray fruit trees with dormant oil on a calm day. It will suffocate pests, and it’s a great organic way to deal with them.

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Add some mulch
Get that mulch on early. Don’t be afraid of a little cold weather. Wait for the right day and get that wheelbarrow moving on the still-frozen soil. When things thaw out, the ground is often too soft.

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Garden planning
Plan, plan and do more planning. It’s one of the fun things about gardening. Draw a sketch of what should go where.

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Seed Starting With Doug Oster
Whether you like veggies, herbs or flowers, starting from seeds is fun, rewarding, economical, and probably easier than you think! Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster will be teaching the keys to starting seeds indoors. His classes are not only packed with great info, they are loads of fun! So whether you’re a seed-starting expert or you would like to try for the first time, you don’t want to miss this class.
6:30 p.m.

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Start your lettuce
Start some lettuce or other cool-weather greens inside at the end of the month. It will be fine on the windowsill and can go out in the garden in just three or four weeks. There’s nothing in mid to late March that can stop a cool weather crop like lettuce.

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Doug Oster is manager and editor of Everybody Gardens with a passion for gardening and a love of sharing is experiences with other gardeners. You will also find Doug’s gardening contributions in the Tribune-Review each week. He’s an Emmy Award winning producer, television host and writer. Oster is co-host of The Organic Gardeners Radio show every Sunday morning at 7 a.m. on KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. Oster’s Outstanding Documentary Emmy was awarded for Gardens of Pennsylvania, a one hour special he conceived and produced for the PBS affiliate WQED. Doug appears every Thursday morning on KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today live at 9 a.m. “Gardening is fun, he says, enjoy every day spent outside tending vegetables, flowers, shrubs and trees.”