- March garden to Do's
- Plant your cool-season
veggies such as lettuce, carrots, turnips, spinach and radishes.
- Growing annuals from
seeds usually offers the largest varieties for gardeners. Now is a good time
to start up the seed trays indoors.
- Trees and shrubs that
are beginning to stir will benefit from an application of time-release
- Do mild stretching
exercises daily to tone up winter-weary muscles for the pushing, pulling,
reaching, grabbing, bending and digging to come.
- As new leaves start to
appear on roses, begin regular fungicide applications to prevent rust, black
spot and powdery mildew.
- Want to try an
Earth-friendly fungicide on your roses? Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and
a drop or two of liquid detergent into a gallon of water. This should be
sprayed on foliage regularly throughout the growing season.
- Many summer-bloomers
such as althea, crape myrtle, oleander, buddleia, pomegranate and vitex
flower on new wood, so prune early this month to encourage more blooms.
- Early-blooming shrubs
such as spirea, forsythia and flowering quince are best pruned after their
- New plants and fresh
foliage attract old enemies. Watch for aphids attacking the developing
leaves, and cutworms cutting down young annuals as they emerge from the
- If your Camellia
japonica specimens are still lighting up the landscape, rake up the spent
flowers weekly and dispose of them to prevent camellia petal blight.
- Migrating birds will
soon be returning, so clean old nests out of birdhouses, wash the birdbath
and remove old seed from feeders.
How late can you
plant in Zone 7
As long as the
plants are fully hardy for your zone and your soil is not frozen, you can plant
at ANY time during the winter months. While it doesn't get quite as cold in
winter as zone 8, I have still installed a complete landscape in mid-December,
just hours before the temps plummeted to the teens and stayed there for a week.
Never lost a plant.
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