On Your March, Get Set, Grow!
On Your March, Get Set, Grow!
How on earth did it get to be almost March already? I don’t know about you, but time seems to evaporate on me. Although the days whiz by, however, this winter has been a great deal kinder to us and if the current trend continues we just might be in for an early spring. This is a blessing because I still have Post Traumatic Storm Disorder from last year.
This year is, thankfully, much different. I spoke to some of the volunteer master gardeners last week and several have daffodils blooming in their yards. My bulbs are up but not yet flowering, but my ‘Arnold Promise’ witch hazel is in full bloom, about two weeks earlier than normal.
Although a few of our eager beaver customers are asking about pansies, it’s about three weeks too early to plant them even in an early spring. But while we are getting ourselves in the growing season mind-set, here are a few things you can be doing in your yard and gardens so that you’re off and running once spring arrives.
Garden Tips For Early Spring
- Play pick-up sticks. All of the recent windy weather has brought down sticks and assorted other debris from the trees. Picking these up now not only improves the look of garden, but it gets the area ready for the next task on your list.
- Rake. It’s not too early to rake your lawn to loosen dead grass and remove leaf litter. Take leaves out of perennial beds as well, so that they don’t form wet mats that can smother plants.
- Top dress with compost. Spreading an inch or two of compost or composted manure over your flower beds, veggie garden or lawn is one of the best investments you can make in your gardens. This keeps the soil fed and active, ready for the growing season. If you want to spread an organic fertilizer such as Plant-tone, Flower-tone or Holly-tone, do so before you spread the compost or manure; this will help hold the fertilizer in place so that it will be available to your plants later in the growing season. Note: do not spread a synthetic fertilizer now…it is far too early and most of it will just wash away before the plants are ready to use it.
- Start seeds. March is a great time to get a jump-start on your flowers and vegetables. We’re here to help you with the right soil, containers and lights to make your seed-starting a success.
- Top off raised beds. Over time the loam we use in raised beds sinks and the organic matter breaks down. If you see that this has happened in your garden, spread a layer of compost or manure, and then top with more loam. We can also deliver some loam and bulk compost that’s already mixed if you need more than 3 yards. Call the store and talk to Chris Stokes about the alternatives for getting your raised beds refilled.
- The emerging bulbs are fine. Don’t worry that the daffodil and other bulb foliage is exposed to freezing temperatures. The life-force in these plants is so strong at this time of year that not much will stop them from growing.
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