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It's Not Too Early to Plant Roses, Trees

January 31, 2002

Garden Jobs

February is our rainiest month, so it might be difficult gardening, but don't complain. We need all the rain we can get to water trees and shrubs deeply and to push mineral salts down through the soil. You can even begin planting early varieties of tomatoes in warmer areas.

If you have not gotten around to planting roses, or deciduous fruit trees, grapes or berries, do so early in the month while they are still available bare-root. If you buy bare-root roses that have already broken their dormancy, gently snap off the new growth before planting. Secondary buds will quickly take their place.

From Los Angeles Times Garden Calendar

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Garden Calendar

Care and maintenance of a native-plants workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, 1500 N. College Ave. Claremont. Fee: $70. (909) 625-8767, Ext. 224.

Organic Gardening 101, with expert organic gardener Geri Cibellis, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road. Fee: $7. (714) 278-3579.

A class on mushrooms that will provide a basic overview of the fungal kingdom, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Arboretum of Los Angeles County, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia. Fee: $30 for nonmembers; $25 members. (626) 821-3222.

A class on growing plants indoors, with John Bishop, manager of horticulture, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sherman Library and Gardens, 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar. Fee: $20. Preregistration required. (949) 673-2261.

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