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March 2018 Tips

  • Seeds to start indoors include: Flowers: Ageratum, Bells of Ireland, Calendula, Carnation, Coleus, Nigella, single Petunia, Statice, Stocks, Verbena, Vinca Rosea. Vegetables: Broccoli, Beets, Celeriac, Cauliflower, Chinese Cabbage, Leeks, Lettuce. Herbs: Chamomile, Sage, Thyme, Parsley (Parsley seeds are slow to germinate, 3-4 weeks. To encourage sprouting soak seeds in warm water for several hours. Keep moist during germination. Set out in May.)
  • Seeds to start indoors in late March: Peppers, Tomatoes, & Eggplant.
  • Plant outside in mid to late March if ground is workable: Leeks, Lettuce, Onion Sets, Peas, Radish, Sage, Shallots, Spinach, Thyme, Turnips.
  • Prune: Apples, Pears, Grapes & Blueberries.
  • Wait until April to prune: Cherries, Peaches, & Apricots.


February 2018 Tips

  • Prune blueberries, grapes, apple and other fruit trees.

  • Force branches of Forsythia, Japanese Quince, Flower Almond and Apple. Make a slanting cut in stem and keep in deep water in a shady area until flowers emerge.

  • Seed Starting

  • Beets: One of the few root vegetables that can be successfully transplanted. Start now for transplanting in April.

  • Celery: Celery seeds are slow to develop into hardy transplants. They must be started early, keep them moist and at about 65 degrees farenheight during their 3-4 week germination.

  • Leeks: Leeks need a very early start. When seedlins are 1" tall, thin to 1" intervals. They should be hardened off before enering the garden in late April.

  • Onions: Sow seed in February to give them 2 months of growing time before they go into the ground. Transplant to 1" intervals.

  • Lettuce: Sow lettuce seeds inside in February, transplant to garden in late April, have a salad in May!

  • Annuals: Begonia, Petunia, Ageratum are all slow to develop. Other flowers you could start are: Coleus, Snapdragon, Salvia and Portulaca.

  • Febrary 6th is the Feast Day of Saint Dorothy, Patron Saint of Gardens.