by Charlene Burgi
A few weeks ago I talked about types of pruning shears and should mention the importance of cleaning these tools before, during and after the task. Cleanliness is important in the garden. Pruning is one way you can spread disease from one plant to the next. To avoid this problem, dip the shears into a solution of one part liquid bleach to ten parts water for each pruning cut made. Wash the pruning shears when the job is done, and oil well. (Do not use this process with chain saws.)
Clearing debris and fallen litter will also help prevent the potential spread of fungus in the garden. Cleaning now can help plants get off to a healthy spring.
Speaking of starting spring off on the right foot, we’re gearing up to present the Bay-Friendly residential classes. The five classes will cover a range of information to help you make your garden more Bay-Friendly with minimal changes. The first class will provide a great overview of Bay-Friendly practices. Each class following will go into more detail on building healthy soil, creating year-round edible gardens, managing pests naturally and “going native.” You can attend all five classes or pick and choose the classes that interest you the most. The first class meets Saturday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in the MMWD boardroom, 220 Nellen Avenue in Corte Madera. Please join us! For more information and to register, click here.