Things to Do In…

MARCH
  • Plant starts of lettuce and cole vegetables, dill, cilantro, parsley. Sow seeds of peas, radishes,carrots, beets. Wait until the soil warms up a bit and the evening temperatures are consistently
    50 degrees or above to plant summer vegetables.
  • Time to plant most permanent landscape plants (shrubs, trees, vines.) Wait until April or May to plant tropicals.
  • Act on Nancy Conway’s advice to “…sprinkle gypsum on your garden as you would sprinkle powdered sugar on French toast.”
  • Plant container fruit trees
  • Final opportunity to spray copper sulfate for peach leaf curl and peach leaf blight before the buds open - never once they have opened or fruit could be damaged.
  • Time spent weeding now will reap benefits in the heat of the summer.
APRIL
  • Divide crowded clumps of summer-flowering perennials
  • Prune and feed citrus
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs, corms, and tubers. When planting, feed them with 10-10-10 fertilizer incorporated 1” below the bulb.
  • Dig a slow release organic fertilizer into the backfill of everything planted this month.
  • Plant warm weather vegetables in compost-amended soil.
MAY
  • There is still time to start annual flowers from seed. For faster bloom, buy seedlings.
  • Feed potted plants monthly with 50% diluted fertilizer. Increase the frequency in the summer when the need for more water washes out nutrients.
  • Maintain mulch throughout the garden.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs and vines after they bloom.
  • As most pumpkins need 110-120 days to mature, start sowing seed late this month ( or early in
    June.)

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