Garden Tasks for March
All of the flowers of all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today.
- Indian Proverb
Start seeds of
slow-growing annuals indoors for summer blooms.
Take cuttings from
plants wintered indoors, such as geraniums, begonias, and impatiens, for
use in outdoor beds.
Prepare beds by adding
organic matter, lime, and fertilize with “Osmocote” as-needed
flowers, such as pansies and violas, at the end of the month.
Remove winter mulch
and begin soil preparation as weather permits
Apply fertilizer, such
as “Plant Tone” or “Osmocote” to all planting beds as-needed.
Divide and replant
overgrown perennials not divided in the fall.
Sow peppers, celery,
and tomato seeds in flats indoors on a bright windowsill or under
Start seeds of early
varieties of tomatoes indoors so that you'll be first on the block to pick
ripe ones. Plant a few extra seeds for insurance.
Late in the month,
direct-seed cold tolerant vegetables, such as a spinach, peas and radishes
and set out transplants of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and onion sets.
Finish and garden
cleanup left from fall and prepare soil for planting.
Apply fertilizers and compost to beds if soil and weather allow.
Bring summer bulbs out
of storage for planting
frost-tolerant plants such as pansies and violas.
Plant small containers
indoors and let plants become established before placing outdoors.
Pinch back straggly
growth and take cuttings
Remove supports from
trees that have been in the ground a year.
spirea or other fountain-shade, early-blossoming shrubs have flowered, cut
1/3 of the oldest canes to the ground.
Apply fertilizer, such
as “Tree Tone” to all plants as soon as growth starts.
Apply "Dormant Oil" to
lilacs, before leaves appear, to prevent scale infestation.
As leaf buds swell and
open, remove winter protection from bushes.
Prune shrub and tea roses.
Remove any dead canes from climbing roses.
Water deeply and apply
a complete slow release fertilizer such as “Rose Tone.”
Rake and mow before
green-up to remove leaves and winter debris
Correct grade in soggy
Aerate to improve air,
water and nutrient movement; over-seed with a variety suitable for this area.
Apply “Crabicide Green.”
Keep moist until seed
sprouts, up to four-six weeks
from Reader's Digest "1001 Hints and Tips for your Garden," 1998.