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What's Up in Windsor - January 2015

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What's Up in Windsor - January 2015

by Tina Castelli

Happy New Year Everybody!

The Windsor Farmers Market is now closed for the Winter Season and will be reopening on Sunday, April 12, 2015. We should have completion of some of our construction around the Town Green by then, including a portion of Old Redwood Hwy and soon after the anticipated opening of the new Oliver's Market in the new Bell Village Complex. If you are looking for many of your favorite Windsor Market vendors, check out the Santa Rosa Community Market at the Vets Building on Saturdays and Wednesdays.  For Santa Rosa Seafood you can also visit their fish shop at the corner of Santa Rosa Ave. and Petaluma Hill Rd. You will have to wait til April for Charlie's BBQ Tri-Tip or Chicken unless you would like to hire them to cater one of your events, find them on Yelp.

In the off-season it is time to clean and organize the house, the gardens and the garage. This is the time of year when everything needs attention around the house.  The holiday decorations get packed up and the house starts to return to pre-holiday normal. If you find yourself heading to the hardware store for items to fix all those pesky repairs, consider stopping in to one of my favorite places to shop Garrett Hardware. The store in Healdsburg has been there for 125 years this year and there is also a wonderful Country Home Store, The Gift Horse that is just like a little department store. But, I prefer to visit the Garrett's in Windsor on Old Redwood Hwy by Starr Rd. for my do-it-yourself projects. The store is smaller and the experts have more time to give you personal attention.  They seem to carry the best sellers in every department and always have what I need. I also love the selection of nursery plants they carry in Windsor, come this summer when starts are out. It's so easy to pull around back and pick everything up and then you are on your way.

Over the holidays I re-found another Windsor business that I hadn't visited in awhile. Someone was asking me about Asian food in Healdsburg and I realized that Healdsburg only has one maybe 2 choices for Asian food and Windsor has 7 at last count and they are all really good and some amazing.  Tomi Thai, Himalayan, Ume Japanese Bistro, Saigon Bistro, Senju, Yinkeng and my favorite, Chinois Asian Bistro.  We used to go to Chinois all the time for their fantastic Happy Hour (before family), we revisited again recently and it is still a crowd pleaser. Asian Tapas menu items are available at $5 per plate, try the Day Break Radish Cakes and the Coconut Prawns. Chinois is located at 186 Windsor River Rd. and Happy Hour is Monday-Friday, 5-6:30 pm.

Time to move outdoors and get the garden cleaned, pruned and fertilized for the winter.  Here are the Top Ten Garden Tasks for January, recommended by the Windsor Garden Club.

1) Bring home blooming orchids for indoor color, repot last year's orchids

2) Plant Asparagus and various root berries, such as Blackberries, Olallieberries, Boyenberries and Raspberries: some are thorn-less now.

3) Control large vines; watch for damage to support structures

4) Maintain bird feeders and count birds for www.birds.corne​ll.edu/pfw

5) Plant Helleborus species – from the Buttercup family; Clematis, Ranunculus, Delphinium...

6) Prune Roses and other deciduous trees & shrubs, such as fruit trees

7) Dormant spray fruit trees (check which ones need it)

8) Fertilize indoor/greenhou​se plants

9) Sow cool-season crops, such as cabbage and broccoli in greenhouse or cold frame

10) Plan veggie garden for spring, and order seeds

Don't miss free garden education at the Third Tuesday Garden Workshop– Come to the Windsor Senior Center on the Third Tuesday of each month for the Windsor Garden Club educational program. On January 20th, special guest Michael Skurtin, owner of Healdsburg Nursery will be sharing his Rose Pruning knowledge. Come for the Garden Club monthly meeting at 6:30 and the Workshop begins at 7:30 pm.