Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month
at 12 noon at the Saraland Chamber Offices.
KSB GARDENING NEWS FROM JAMES MILES
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Mayor Dr. Howard Rubenstein,
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Natalie Moye and Veronica Hudson
Now is a great time to find a place in your landscape
to sit and just look around. If you took notes of what
worked and what didn’t work in the past, review
those while sitting in your landscape. Take this time
to daydream. Look at your landscape and visualize
what you want to improve, enlarge, reduce, or just
change. You may want to incorporate a color
scheme or theme. Also, if you don’t have a sitting
area, I highly recommend including one. It can be
mobile or fixed, the goal is to give you a place to
enjoy your landscape. A mobile seat will give you the
opportunity to enjoy your landscape from different
You still have time to plant woody plants and cool-
season vegetables. We are at the point where you
can plant Irish potatoes and sugar snaps (sweet
peas). With sweet peas, you will need a trellis or
netting for them to climb on.
The middle of this month is the time to start pruning
most of our woody plants. Start by pruning out the
damaged material, then start thinning cuts. In some
instances, you may need to do a renewal prune,
cutting plants back close to the ground and retraining
the new growth to replace the dead material.
As of January 30th, the chill hours are:
Brewton, AL – 542 hours Old Model; 388 hours
Fairhope, AL – 391 hours Old Model; 294 hours
Moss Point, MS – 465 hours Old Model; 368 hours
February is the month to apply pre-emergent
herbicides for warm-season weeds. Make sure the
product you select is labeled for the type of turfgrass
you have. Also, avoid “Weed & Feed” type products
as it is too early to fertilize.
Enjoy the outdoors!
Happy New Year!
December dealt us some brutal weather that took a
toll on many plants in the landscape. Don’t be too
hasty to prune your woody plants that were injured or
do your routine pruning. Pruning now can promote
growth that may be killed back by cold temperatures
yet to come. Also, removing too much plant material
can reduce the cold tolerance to the remaining
material. Routine pruning for most of our woody
plants, both ornamental and fruits, should be done
As of Dec. 31st, our local chill hour number are:
Old Model - 326
Modified Model -
Old Model - 277
Modified Model -
Old Model - 368
Modified Model – 214
I tend to rely on the Modified Model because it
negates any chill hours just prior to a warming trends
Oct -Dec. It also takes into account that hours when
the temperatures fall below 32 degrees F, they don’t
help. With that being said, though the numbers
seem a bit low, we are on track to accumulate
adequate chill hours.
A grafting/budding reminder. Now is the time to
collect bud wood, also called scion wood from any
plant you plan to use in grafting/budding. Keep the
collected wood in the refrigerator until you are ready
to use it. Wrap in moist paper towels and place in a
zip top bag. You can use moist sawdust in the place
of moist paper towels.
If your vegetables took a hard hit from the freeze a
few weeks ago, you can replant them or prepare for
the next crop. You can still plant Cole crops (turnips,
collards, lettuce, etc.). Late Jan thru February, you
can plant sugar snaps and white potatoes.
If you sent in a soil sample and received the results,
you should apply the lime now as recommended. If
you haven’t had a soil test done, I highly recommend
getting it done this month and getting the lime down.
Here’s to a prosperous gardening New Year!
Enjoy the outdoors!