Most of us are more than ready for Spring, but it won’t officially arrive until Tuesday, March 20. Meanwhile, since it’s been warmer…it’s time pull on the garden gloves and head outside. It’s time to spray trees with dormant oil and time to prune.
And it’s almost time to plant cool-weather crops such as lettuces, peas, leeks, onions, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, garlic, potatoes, onions, and carrots. Our rule of thumb is to put seeds in the soil around St. Patrick’s Day, assuming it’s not snowing too hard to do so.
Mulch, Mulch, Mulch
It’s pretty obvious that a warm, dry spring is going to follow our (mostly) warm, dry winter. If you need large quantities of mulch, compost or soils contact Payne’s Organic Soil Yard at 424-0336.
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Here are other suggestions for early spring gardening:
* Cut back perennials
* If you have a lawn, thatch it, rake up the thatch or mow over it to pick up the thatch and start weekly watering. Don’t turn on your irrigation systems yet, use a hose and sprinkler for now.
* Apply a slow-release fertilizer on bulbs. Bulb food is a great choice and it’s available at both Payne’s stores.
* Rake up leaves and compost if possible.