March

General Maintenance Of Gardens

  • Plant cool season crops, lettuce, cabbage, onions, kale, chard,
  • If soil is workable (i.e., form ball of soil in hand and drop, if it cracks open soil is workable)
  • Avoid large-stemmed, more than 1/4 inch diameter, transplants, smaller seedling more likely to develop properly
  • Be sure to rotate crops when planting garden
  • Spread compost over garden and orchard area
  • Fertilize spring bulbs as early in spring as possible
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs after blooming
  • Look for scale and aphid eggs, if found, oil spray
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs and trees
  • No room, try container gardening
  • No room? Plant edibles among flower beds

Plant Specific

  • Prune blueberries, gooseberries, and currants and fertilize
  • Trim heather after bloom
  • Divide dahlia tubers if you did not do so last fall
  • Plant perennial crops, horseradish, asparagus, shallots, chives, and strawberries
  • Plant dahlia tubers and gladiolus corms, stagger planting for longer bloom season
  • Fertilize blueberries, raspberries and cane berries, suggest liquid fish or manure
  • Fertilize ever-bearing strawberries now, then monthly during the growing season. Liquid fish or manure suggested
  • Spread compost over lawn 1/4 inch deep.

Fruit Tree, General

  • Top work grafting can be done now
  • Make sure labels on plants are readable and not girdling limbs
  • Watch for webworms and leaf rollers, if present spray with Bt
  • Sticky traps are available for leaf rollers

Fruit Tree, Specific

  • Spray apricots and other fruit trees (if diseases have been a problem) with copper or lime sulfur plus spreader/sticker at bud swell and repeat once before petal fall
  • Peaches should be pruned at bloom or soon after so that pruning can be adjusted to remove a portion of the crop that would require expensive hand thinning later
  • Cherry, brown rot, powdery mildew, Coryneum blight; Wettable sulfur or Bordeaux mixture or fixed copper 53% Fixed copper, 1 oz metallic copper/ gal water, cultivate under tree to discourage brown rot, also compost tea spray
  • Cherry, control ants with band of Tanglefoot around tree trunk
  • Apple, pre-bloom (Green tip to pink bud) – examine shoots for aphids, leafrollers / fruitworm/ pandemis /tussock moth caterpillars -
  • Monitor weather for conditions favorable to scab, powdery mildew, and bacterial blast, Compost tea spray recommend.