March Gardening - Top Ten Growing Tips
Gardening Tip #1: This time of year, we're tired of winter. We are
anxious to get our hands into some dirt. One of the biggest mistakes we make
with our indoor starts, is to allow our anxiousness to translate into planting
indoor starts too early. See the back of the seed packet. It usually tells
you the number of weeks to start seeds before setting them outdoors.
Gardening Tip #2: Frost and cold are among the worries for early spring
gardens. Don't wait for an unexpected cold snap to get ready for action.
Plan ahead on how to protect young plants and seedlings from cold spring
Gardening Tip #3: Chives and onions are among the hardiest of cold
hardy plants. They are among the first seeds to plant. Try starting some
chives indoors now, while the snow melts. Then, transplant them outdoors
as soon as the ground can be worked.
Gardening Tip #4: Try something new! Most gardeners are an adventuresome
lot. We love to try new and unique plants. Here's a couple unique plants,
that will be a real conversation piece to anyone who sees it in your garden.
on a Stick.
that's right... Cotton!
Gardening Tip #5: It lurks in your home. Often the indoor environment
is perfect to promote Damping Off disease, which can be fatal to your indoor
seedling starts. And, it's present outdoors as well.
How to prevent
Damping Off Disease.......
Gardening Tip #6: If you read last month's Tip # 6 on raised beds,
you are probably sold on the benefits of them. Now you need to acquire them,
and then fill them with a soil mixture perfect for a raised bed. See:
a Raised Bed. and
about Raised Garden Bed Soil
Gardening Tip #7: Looking to have a more organic garden this year?
That's a great goal. Explore using Epsom Salts in your garden this year.
Gardening Tip # 8: The vast majority of vegetable gardeners grow tomato
plants. And, most tomato growers grow more than one variety. While seed
manufacturers offer fewer and fewer varieties, there are hundreds of varieties
of tomatoes. To help you select a few varieties to try this year.....
see the most popular
Gardening Tip #9: As soon as the snow melts, you may see signs of
moles, voles and other rodents. It is important to rid your yard and garden
of these pests now, before they have a litter of more pests....
Moles and Voles
Gardening Tip #10: Did you know proper soil temperature is one of
the important, make that vital, requirements for seed germination. It varies
by plant. Too cold, and they just lie there, susceptible to rotting in spring
rains, bug, birds and rodents. Too warm, and the seeds literally "cook".
A Soil Thermometer is an inexpensive, yet valuable gardening tool. Use it
indoor, or out.
the proper soil temperatures for selected vegetables ,
Gardening Holidays :
March 12 is
a Flower Day. I'm ready, are you!?
March 26 is
Spinach Day. - This vegetable gets some well-deserved recognition
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