Issue No. 016           HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
January 2011
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Wyatt Farms Newsletter
January Gardening
Upcoming Classes
Pruning Crape Myrtles
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Brrrr...we hope you are staying warm in this cold weather! Having a blanket of snow on Christmas was a lovely gift this year and lots of fun for our kids.

 It's a new year and we have big things in store for you.  We will continue to be your nursery of choice for healthy and beautiful plants as well as unique and quality gifts in our garden shop. Our monthly classes have been well attended so look for announcements for upcoming classes in every newsletter.

With each passing day - we are getting closer to spring.  It will be here before we know it.  Don't let it sneak up on you. Make sure to read the 'Gardening' section of each Newsletter to keep you informed and help get your prepared. 

We would like to hear from you!!  We will introduce a new section to our Newsletters - Q & A.  Please send any questions you have and we will follow up with an answer in our next newsletter.  Just reply to this email with your question and we will do our best to find an informative answer for you. 

Now that the rush of the holidays are behind us, please stop by for a chat by the fire.  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the best to you in the New Year!

Happy Gardening;

The Thompson Family
(Wren, Wyatt, Bess and Owen)

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January Gardening
Our last expected frost date is roughly April 15th. We will be giving a class on how to start seeds indoors under lights in February so we hope you can join us. We promise to teach you by the warmth of the fire in our quaint gift shop. Starting flowers and vegetables from seeds offers you rare and unusual selections. 

Are you enjoying Collards or Kale fresh from your garden? What great additions to your winter table. Both are delicious in soups and stews.  I enjoy mine cooked in a frying pan with a little EVOO.  Mix with pasta or other vegetables. The leaves get sweeter as the weather gets colder so they should be delicious now.

Radishes, carrots, onion, rutabaga, spinach and turnip seeds can all be direct sown in February.   Check with us the first of February to see the heirloom and organic varieties available.  Transplants of cabbage and lettuce can go in the garden in February too. Asparagus crowns need to be planted in February and can go in as late as March  Recommended varieties for South Carolina are Jersey Giant, Jersey Knight, and Purple Passion. Most Asparagus take 2 to 3 years before they produce so if ordering, make sure you order a crown that is 2 to 3 years old.  We harvested our first batch of Asparagus last year and I must admit, it was very rewarding.  You really haven't tasted Asparagus until you have eaten fresh Asparagus.   And what a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables.   Owen calls them straws and will eat them straight from the garden.  How to Grow Asparagus

No fertilizer yet but this would be an ideal time to take some soil over to the Clemson Extension office on University Ave for a test to see what you need to add in the spring. How to Take a Soil Sample Try your best not to walk on frozen dormant grass to reduce winter damage. Read up now on lawn care so you can be prepared to give it the best care this spring. How to Care for Your Lawn

I bet you didn't know that you can reduce the amount of weeds in your lawn if you can keep it as healthy as possible. To do that isn't easy but if you follow the maintenance schedule for your type of lawn at Clemson Home and Garden you will be doing a lot to keep the weeds out. These maintenance calendars are specific to your type of lawn so be sure you know what type of grass you have first! Lawn Maintenance Calendar for Centipede If you are wanting to go more organic, don't follow the directions on herbicide applications. Many homeowners are happy to have a green lawn whether it is mixed with weeds or not. These lawns are sometimes labeled as "Mixed Media Lawns". 

Fruit Trees
THIS IS THE MONTH TO ORDER YOUR FRUIT TREES FROM US! Do your research first or come in and talk to us. The best way to research is to Google the type of fruit tree you are interested in followed by HGIC and it will give you links to Clemson Home and Garden Information Center so you can learn the requirements of all the fruit trees and varieties that grow here. Growing fruit requires proper care so review your interest and level of commitment before taking on this adventure. Here is a sampling of fruit trees for your full sun areas:

Apples-(Self-unfruitful) Need two are more varieties to ensure pollination. Apples do better in the northern and northwestern counties. High temperatures can make diseases difficult to control. If you own large areas of land that your family hunts on apples are good food (mast) for deer and they don't care about distorted fruit.

(Self-unfruitful) Sweet Cherries need one or more varieties and they must be cross-compatible.

Fig-(Self-fruitful) Only one tree is needed. Figs do very well here.

(Self-fruitful) Only one tree is needed to pollinate. Peaches do well in our climate. A favorite is Belle of Georgia.

Pear-Are generally self fruitful but expect better fruit set with more than one variety. Susceptible to fireblight.

Pecan-(Self-unfruitful) Usually there are enough pecan trees in the neighborhood to pollinate. Needs lots of room.

Persimmon- (Self-unfruitful) Needs male and female variety and is a good deer attractant.

Plum- (Self-unfruitful) Need two varieties to furnish adequate pollinatiion

Pomegranite- (Self-fruitful) Only one needed. Fruit often splits before ripening.

Don't forget Blueberries (Self-unfruitful), strawberries, muscadine grapes (female variety sets fruit) and raspberry (Self-fruitful). Blueberries can be used in the landscape as a hedge or in foundation plantings. Strawberries can be used as a ground cover. Blueberries, strawberries, muscadines, and raspberries are ideally suited for South Carolina.  If you like to bake or have children, you must plant one of these. Owen and Wren, (well and our dog Jesse too), love to eat Blueberries and Muscadine grapes straight from the vine.  And there are so many great recipes that include these small fruits.  Blueberry cobbler, Strawberry jam, Muscadine Wine, and the list goes on.

If you are planning to put in roses this spring, start preparing your soil now. Pick an area in full sun that has plenty of room for each rose. Dig and work the soil unless it is too wet. (If the soil sticks to your shovel or your shoes wait a few days. Digging in wet soil can ruin its structure making it as hard as bricks). Spread a 2 to 4-inch layer of compost on the soil surface and add any nutrients recommended by a soil test. We carry a great mushroom compost. Mix these materials into the area 8-12-inches deep and allow the bed to rest until spring.

Don't sheer your shrubs! At this time of year you don't want to stimulate new growth that will be tender and susceptible to frost damage. You can prune out some branches by hand if needed but no heavy shaping or pruning until late winter, early spring. Ann will be demonstrating the fine art of naturally pruning your shrubs at the January 22 Tree Pruning Demonstration. If your oak tree has clumps of green in the upper canopy once it has lost its leaves then you have mistletoe. Prune out any mistletoe in your oaks to keep it healthy. However, I must admit that my parents had a perfect sphere of Mistletoe growing in one of their elm trees and we just couldn't bring ourselves to remove it.  Wyatt loved the excuse to steal a kiss and I'm sure my Dad loved it for the same reason.  It formed such pretty , almost translucent, white berries.  Unfortunately - or maybe fortunately - it died this year.  The tree is still healthy and alive but the Mistletoe is not.  For your safety, leave the mistletoe in the upper canopy of large trees for certified arborists and tree services to remove. Mistletoe in Trees

Ornamental grasses don't have to be trimmed back yet as long as they haven't been too damaged by winds, ice and snow.
However, if you prefer to cut your grasses back now, it is perfectly fine.

Perennials, Shrubs and Annuals
The general rule of thumb for dividing perennials is to divide spring and summer-blooming in the fall and fall flowering in early spring when the new shoots have emerged. In our mild winters you could still divide now. The most important thing to remember is not to divide plants while they are flowering. Be sure to water before and after dividing. No fertilizing this month except for your annuals like pansies and snapdragons. Dead head the pansies and snaps and fertilize them. We now carry in our nursery the plant food we use in our greenhouse. Daniels fertilizer is an organic base liquid and is great for all your gardening needs.
Daniel's Fertilizer

This is the best time of year for houseplants since it looks so barren outdoors and there is so little to do garden wise.  Keep the dead leaves pruned off and watch for any spider mites or other pests. Look carefully because they like to nestle under the leaves. We often use a warm wet rag to wipe off any pests. A Q-tip with a little rubbing alcohol will kill young scale and mealybugs. No fertilizer needed this month but remember in the spring that we carry Daniel's Plant Food which is a great houseplant food. Feeding them every two weeks in spring and summer will keep houseplants such as peace lilies and anthuriums blooming and happy. Flush them out with lots of water  two to three times a year. Don't let your houseplants get too dry or stay too wet.  We like bringing them to the sink and giving them a long drink and let them drain well. I personally love the Plant Nannies.  Keep the glass ball filled with water and the nanny will take care of the rest.  Wipe the dust off of your shiny smooth leaved houseplants and use a small brush to clean the hairy leaves of your African violets. This is a good time to propagate houseplants by air layering. How to Air Layer Propagate

Vines and Groundcovers

Check the conditions of your vines growing on trellises and see that they are still attached. It is better to wait until the coldest part of winter is over before doing any pruning of your vines and groundcovers. No fertilizing is needed this month.

Upcoming Classes at the Nursery                                        Mark Your Calendar!
Dress Warm!
     Saturday January 22              10:00 AM     Proper Pruning of your Crape Myrtle

Pruning Your Crape Myrtle the Proper Way
(Rain or Shine and Dress Warm)
Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Crape myrtle
You might be amazed to learn that cutting your Crape Myrtle in half is not proper and healthy pruning of your valuable trees. To severely prune a crape myrtle is stressful and promotes disease and it destroys the natural graceful beauty of these popular Asian trees. Often referred to as Crape Murder, homeowners will notice other trees pruned drastically and think that is the way it should be done. Others feel that the heavy pruning will promote more flowering and still others need to make it fit in a small space. If you want to turn over a new leaf and prune your trees right, this class is for you.

Certified Arborist, Ann Barklow will show you the easy and healthy way to prune your trees while she prunes the crape myrtle in front of our garden shop.
We will also give a lesson on the natural pruning of shrubs for those that don't like the rounded look.
Ann will also discuss restorative pruning if you cut your trees too much in the past. Handouts will be available. One of our customers recommended this great handout on pruning crape myrtles so you can be more informed when you come to the class to watch the hands on demonstration.
Pruning Crape Myrtles

Crape Murder

Click on the Link Below to register. Place PRUNING in the subject line and let us know how many are coming.


Saturday, January 22 at 10:00 AM at
Wyatt Farms Garden Center
(On Center Street just North of Lakeview School)

                 Pinecrest Junior Master Gardeners Visit Wyatt Farms
Junior master gardeners
It was a fun and informative day for 12 students from the Pinecrest Junior Master Gardener Class. The group of students learned to identify different types of seeds and planted up some pansies to take home with them.

Thank you to Master Gardener, Patti Larson for arranging the day and the parents that came to help with this educational outing.

Contact Bess or Ann to schedule any children's groups to tour and learn at the nursery. 229-6252

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Bess and Wyatt Thompson and Ann Barklow
Wyatt Farms
103 Wyatt Court
On Center Street Just North of Lakeview School
Greenwood, South Carolina 29649
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