March 22, 2023
Marching into Spring!
It is hard to believe we have already passed the first day of Spring. As our weather warms, it is time to think of all the items your garden is now ready (or close to being ready) for you to do. Our gardens are waking up! It is that time when we decide where we will place new plants, what we’d like to try out and what worked well for us last year and become excited at the possibilities our gardens are offering up to us right now.
In the south, it is time for spring vegetables like tomatoes and squash. Hopefully we are past any cold snaps, but if not, you can always cover your plants for the night or two while the colder weather lasts.
Our bare root plants are beginning to grow lots of leaves! That means it is time to give them a good quality fertilizer. Be sure to place your fertilizer in a circle around the plants, not directly on top of them. This allows the roots to receive the nutrients they need.
You still have time to get those beautiful crape myrtles, elms, fruit trees, and other plants into the ground and let them begin to become established. Your independent nursery owner will have recommendations based upon your zone, soil type, and growing season.
Many vegetables can be directly sown into the ground right now. Additionally, large red mulberry trees, pomegranates, pink lemonade blueberries, grapes, blackberry, and more are potted, ready, and waiting at your local nursery for you to take home and find the perfect spot for.
Love color? Consider flats of annuals, or if you would like something more long lasting, azaleas, agapanthus, and crape myrtles are perfect for a splash of color that returns year after year.
March is the time to visualize what your late spring and early summer garden will look like, as well. Draw a diagram of your garden area to fill in with the choices you will make. Think about what you have had success with in the past. What you would like to add to your garden more permanently, and what you would like to try for the first time, or in a different spot, this year. And don’t be afraid to get creative if you don’t feel you have a ton of room. Many plants and even some small trees can grow perfectly well in pots.
Whether you are a novice at gardening, or a decades-long pro, your local independent nursery owner will be able to help you and guide you to what will work best in your yard. Especially if you have concerns about shade, too much sun, or something in between. So if you get stuck on how your garden should grow, you have an expert right around the corner to help you!
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