All Posts   Posted:   March 28, 2016

Welcome to the first full month of spring! Warmer days, but we can still have cool, even frosty, nights. Not yet time for tomatoes, but there’s a lot you can enjoy doing this month.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Lots of cool season annuals can be planted this month, especially the second half. Sow seeds for sweet peas and nasturtiums now, wait to plant sunflowers until May. Replenish your containers this month also, doing it now will mean full beautiful pots this spring and summer. Fertilize spring bulbs again after flowering, remove seed heads as they form but allow  foliage to turn yellow and die-back naturally.
  • Seeds and starts, Malibu or Eden Valley potting soil, Sluggo slug control
  • Dr. Earth Life fertilizer for bulbs

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Our lawns took quite a beating this winter, so they will appreciate a feeding this month. If you have moss, treat it now if you haven’t already. It’s a good month to over-seed to fill in bare spots or thicken up a lawn that’s too thin. If you use a weed and feed, this is the month it will be most effective.
  • Dr. Earth Supernatural Lawn Food, Moss Out for Lawns, Grass seed for sun/part-shade, Black Forest Compost for seed cover.
  • Trees and shrubs, even established plantings, should be fertilized this month. We recommend Dr. Earth all-purpose fertilizer—it will not only feed your plants but improve the soil they live in with beneficial microbes and fungi.
  • April is a great time to plan your garden projects for the year—and we can help!  Now is the time to make improvements to  your landscape so you can enjoy it all summer. Check out our design portfolio.
  • Plant a tree to celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Don’t forget garden seeds—we carry a great selection, and it’s a way to stretch your gardening budget. Our staff will gladly help you select and show how to start your plants from seeds. We’ll tell you what to sow directly in the ground, and what seeds you can start indoors.
  • Seed Starting Mix, Bu’s Brew Compost Tea, liquid seaweed, seed packets
  • Plant your salad garden this month—greens, radishes, carrots, herbs, potatoes, beets. It’s also time for broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage; sow seeds in 2-3 week intervals for a staggered harvest & protect tender new shoots from slugs with Sluggo. Wait until May for warm season veggies like tomatoes and peppers-it’s still too cool for plants that like warm nights!

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Monitor the early growth on roses, fruit trees for signs of disease or insect problems. Never run out of Sluggo. Check on overwintered fuchsias & other tender plants in storage; slowly bring them out from protection as weather warms. Keep cloches, cold-frames burlap & frost blankets handy for late freezes and young plant protection.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

  • prune early spring flowering shrubs after flowers fade; tip back to control size and remove some of the oldest canes (Ex. Forsythia, flowering quince, Ribes/flowering currant).

FOR FUN:

  • Does your garden still have a lot of moss growing? Make the most of it by harvesting the best sheets of lush green moss and make some kokedama/string gardens. Check out our instructional video.
  • Bonsai soil, peat moss, Excelerite or mineralized clay, green moss, sphagnum moss, string or jute twine, suitable plants for dry shade, & hooks to hang from.
  • Use pots of grass sown late last month for Easter/Spring decoration inside house.

Welcome to the first full month of spring! Warmer days, but we can still have cool, even frosty, nights. Not yet time for tomatoes, but there’s a lot you can enjoy doing this month.

FOR FRESH COLOR:

  • Lots of cool season annuals can be planted this month, especially the second half. Sow seeds for sweet peas and nasturtiums now, wait to plant sunflowers until May. Replenish your containers this month also, doing it now will mean full beautiful pots this spring and summer. Fertilize spring bulbs again after flowering, remove seed heads as they form but allow  foliage to turn yellow and die-back naturally.
  • Seeds and starts, Malibu or Eden Valley potting soil, Sluggo slug control
  • Dr. Earth Life fertilizer for bulbs

FOR THE LAWN & LANDSCAPE:

  • Our lawns took quite a beating this winter, so they will appreciate a feeding this month. If you have moss, treat it now if you haven’t already. It’s a good month to over-seed to fill in bare spots or thicken up a lawn that’s too thin. If you use a weed and feed, this is the month it will be most effective.
  • Dr. Earth Supernatural Lawn Food, Moss Out for Lawns, Grass seed for sun/part-shade, Black Forest Compost for seed cover.
  • Trees and shrubs, even established plantings, should be fertilized this month. We recommend Dr. Earth all-purpose fertilizer—it will not only feed your plants but improve the soil they live in with beneficial microbes and fungi.
  • April is a great time to plan your garden projects for the year—and we can help!  Now is the time to make improvements to  your landscape so you can enjoy it all summer. Check out our design portfolio.
  • Plant a tree to celebrate Earth Day & Arbor Day

FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN:

  • Don’t forget garden seeds—we carry a great selection, and it’s a way to stretch your gardening budget. Our staff will gladly help you select and show how to start your plants from seeds. We’ll tell you what to sow directly in the ground, and what seeds you can start indoors.
  • Seed Starting Mix, Bu’s Brew Compost Tea, liquid seaweed, seed packets
  • Plant your salad garden this month—greens, radishes, carrots, herbs, potatoes, beets. It’s also time for broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage; sow seeds in 2-3 week intervals for a staggered harvest & protect tender new shoots from slugs with Sluggo. Wait until May for warm season veggies like tomatoes and peppers-it’s still too cool for plants that like warm nights!

IN THE GARDEN SHED:

  • Monitor the early growth on roses, fruit trees for signs of disease or insect problems. Never run out of Sluggo. Check on overwintered fuchsias & other tender plants in storage; slowly bring them out from protection as weather warms. Keep cloches, cold-frames burlap & frost blankets handy for late freezes and young plant protection.

BASIC PRUNING LIST:

  • prune early spring flowering shrubs after flowers fade; tip back to control size and remove some of the oldest canes (Ex. Forsythia, flowering quince, Ribes/flowering currant).

FOR FUN:

  • Does your garden still have a lot of moss growing? Make the most of it by harvesting the best sheets of lush green moss and make some kokedama/string gardens. Check out our instructional video.
  • Bonsai soil, peat moss, Excelerite or mineralized clay, green moss, sphagnum moss, string or jute twine, suitable plants for dry shade, & hooks to hang from.
  • Use pots of grass sown late last month for Easter/Spring decoration inside house.