March Gardening Tips

Spring is poised to fill the world with color, fragrance and beauty, until then here are things to bide your time.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Refresh container plantings with vibrant seasonal color like fragrant Wallflower & Hyacinth, full stout Ranunculus, flouncy Anemones and vivid spring flowering bulbs.
  • Refresh landscape plantings with color like Primroses, Pansies, Violas and spring flowering bulbs.
  • As new growth appears throughout the garden on perennials and shrubs apply Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer and Cascade Minerals to help support lush, vigorous growth.

FOR THE LAWN:

  • Apply Moss Out to control moss in lawns.
  • Add Lime to adjust pH which allows fertilizer to be more easily take-up by the grass, plus it makes acid-loving moss uncomfortable.
  • Apply Dr. Earth Lawn Fertilizer after the first mowing of the season to support a lush carpet of grass.
  • After March 15th grass seed can be put down to patch and fill areas.

FOR THE VEGETABLE GARDEN:

  • Use Soil Testing Kits to measure the Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Potassium and pH of soil to plan for its needs for the coming growing season.
  • Amend the soil with Black Forest Compost or composted manures to enrich soils and improve their quality.
  • As new growth appears throughout the garden on perennials and shrubs apply Dr. Earth Life Fertilizer to help support lush growth. Remember to apply it in a doughnut around the trunk or clump.
  • Plant cold season crops like Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Onions (from seed or from sets), Peas (Snow, Shelling and Snap), Radishes, Spinach and Swiss Chard.
  • Plant perennial vegetables like Artichokes, Asparagus and Rhubarb to get a healthy vigorous root system started for the coming growing season.
  • Sturdy perennial herbs like Chives, Lavender, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme can be planted now.
  • Start tender crops, like tomatoes, peppers, squash and eggplant, from seed indoors.

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Go through old chemicals and fertilizers. Properly dispose of anything that is old and ineffectual. Many waste companies have select days when residential chemicals can be disposed of at their facility or at weekly pick-up. Check with your local waste management company for details.
    • Make a list of chemicals and fertilizers that are commonly used and will need to be replenished
    • Go through old seeds and dispose of those that are too old to germinate (seeds have a packaging date listed on their package). Generally speaking one to two years for large seeded plants like corn, beans and squash, and up to five years for small seeded plants like lettuce, leeks and grass seed.
    • Select Potatoes and store in cool dark area until the soil warms enough to plant.
    • Use Moss Out for Roofs and Walks to get rid of moss around the home. This non-staining formula will kill moss without discoloring concrete.