March To-Do List

  • If you’ve had a mild winter, look for hosta shoots poking up through the soil. Dig up clumps that need to be divided, split them apart, and replant them. Water generously.
  • Free the foliage from spring-blooming bulbs that are tangled in mulch.
  • If the weather’s mild, plant roses, trees, and shrubs.
  • Move cool-loving broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower outdoors to a coldframe or protected spot.
  • Start seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, perennials, and annual flowers indoors under lights.
  • As soon the garden soil is workable, plant peas, potatoes, sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus), poppies (Papaver spp.), rocket larkspur (Consolida ajacis), and mignonette (Reseda odorata).
  • If there’s no snow, top-dress the lawn with compost. Fill in low spots and reseed.

February Garden To-Do List

  • Under fluorescent lights, start seeds of onions and leeks at the beginning of the month.
  • Near the end of the month, start seeds of broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts indoors under lights.
  • Start slow-growing flowers, such as garden verbena (Verbena x hybrida), stocks (Matthiola incana), wallflowers (Cheirianthus cheiri), and ageratum indoors.
  • If winter has been mild, transplant trees, shrubs, and roses.
  • For the earliest tomatoes, start seeds of Early Girl under lights now. In April, set out the transplants and protect them with Wall O’ Waters.
  • Sharpen pruning shears and use them to prune fruit trees, brambles, grapevines, and late summer–blooming shrubs.
  • Rinse houseplants by setting them beneath your shower.

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January Garden To-Do List

  • Study the “skeleton” of your landscape and decide where to put new structures, such as pathways and arbors.
  • Keep bird feeders well stocked with favorites, such as black oil sunflower seeds.
  • Discard old seeds for the garden; mail orders for new seeds.
  • Create a computer database of your garden plants with notes on performance.
  • Rake heavy snow off shrubs.
  • Start seeds of pansies, dusty miller, browallia, begonias, snapdragons, and delphiniums indoors under lights.
  • At month’s end, start seeds of onions, leeks, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower indoors under lights.

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December Garden To-Do List

  • As weather permits, continue to harvest leeks and kale.
  • Keep straw snuggled around any crops still in the garden.
  • If using a coldframe to grow greens through winter, rig a plastic tunnel over the frame for extra warmth.
  • After the holidays, remove the branches from your cut Christmas tree and lay them over perennials and fall-planted pansies.
  • Divide overgrown Boston ferns: Cut the rootball in half with a sharp knife, then repot.
  • Cut back asparagus fronds.
  • Refill bird feeders as needed.

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Garden Club of Rogers Sponsors Horticulture Scholarship 

The Garden Club of Rogers sponsors the Keeta Arnold Memorial Horticulture Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to offer financial aid to students majoring in Horticulture related subjects. This scholarship honors the memory of long time garden club member, mentor, high school counselor, teacher and gardener, Keeta Arnold.

The scholarship is awarded yearly in the amount of $500 and is available to college junior, seniors, and graduate students pursuing a Master’s Degree.  Student must be attending an accredited college or university, be a legal resident of Arkansas, be attending school full-time, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

Deadline for application is Jan. 1, 2018. For complete rules and application please contact Sherrie Eoff, Scholarship Chairman, 479-903-5389 or at

November Garden To-Do List

  • Finish cleanup—gather leaves for the compost pile or for winter mulch on beds.
  • Don’t miss your last chance to plant spring-blooming bulbs, such as daffodils and tulips.
  • Continue to thin lettuce and spinach.
  • Mulch crops you want to overwinter with a thick layer of straw.
  • Harvest frost-sweetened Brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips, cabbage, and kale.
  • Don’t cut back ornamental grasses; they add beauty to the landscape and provide shelter for overwintering beneficials and wildlife.
  • Cut back other perennials (except spring bloomers, roses, and mums) to a few inches above soil level.

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