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Landscapes, Gardens & More in the Florida Panhandle

January 2018

January, the month starting a new year. A time for New Year’s resolutions and a great time for setting new goals for the spring garden or maybe considering the first garden. Whatever the case, now is the time. No matter if this is your first garden or just one of many, I have a suggestion for you. Why not try a raised bed garden?

The raised bed garden will supply you with many vegetables in a small space. If you build it high enough off the ground you do not have to bend over or worry about weeds. A bed 4 ft. by 8 ft. by 8 in. deep will keep you in fresh vegetables year round. Two or three of these will supply you and your neighbors. You can place them almost anywhere as long as they get the morning sun and at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Come by Maphis Nursery & Tree Farm and we will supply you with plans for a bed and show you how ours are constructed. We will also be glad to help you with raising tomatoes and potatoes in pots.

Now is also the time to cut back bush roses such as Knock outs and Drifts. You can trim them to about knee high and shape them. Weed all your beds and start getting them ready for the spring.

This is also the time to trim your crape myrtles. If possible, remove suckers from around the bottom and trim off all of the old bloom heads. Shape the tree into the style you like. If you have doubts about how to do this check with us at 850-638-8243.

Remember those Muscadine’s you enjoyed in the late summer and early fall. Now is the time to trim them also. Cut all the secondary vines back to within 6 inches of the primary. You will need to keep about 20 feet of primary vine per plant.

Don’t forget we are here to help you be successful. You can also text us and send a picture to us at 850-638-8243 or come by the nursery and we will be glad to help you. Have a great year!

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