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January 2019
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Start fresh
Now’s the time to plan for next year’s garden. It’s seed ordering time and a chance to walk in the garden, pondering what should go where when the planting begins.

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Time for seeds
Get your seed orders together, as there are tons of choices out there. It’s always fun to grow something completely different!

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Houseplant care
Give your houseplants a shower. Take them into your tub and let the water run over them. It flush out any salts in the soil and wash off the foliage.

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Catch up on reading
Enjoy your time away from the garden and read a cool gardening book.

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Start your garden journal
Now’s the time to start your garden journal, either writing down your thoughts in a physical journal or electronically. A garden journal helps you remember what worked, what didn’t and how you felt about the season.

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Check your bulbs
Check any stored bulbs and tubers to see how they are doing. If you find rot, remove any failing plant material. If they are drying out, add a little moisture.

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Tree care
It’s time to start a seasonal care program for your fruit trees. Applying dormant oils will smother overwintering insects.

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Add mulch
This is a great time to mulch. The ground is hard, and the mulch will stop frost heaving as the ground freezes and thaws.

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Seed testing
Test germination rates of old seeds. Take 10 seeds, put them in a moist paper towel and then a releasable plastic bag. Store the bag in a warm place and see what sprouts in a week. If germination is 50 percent or higher, keep them for spring sowing.

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Winter Botany Walk & Talk with Doug Oster
Everybody Gardens editor Doug Oster, and Pittsburgh Botanic Garden executive director Keith S. Kaiser will lead a winter walk through the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden. Lunch and admission to the Garden are included with registration.
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Pruning time
This is the start of the pruning season. Before a cut is made, research the plant to find out when it puts on flowers. You don’t want to prune buds off a spring bloomer.

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.”