Saturday March 8, 2014
Isn't it wonderful when a great plant pops up in your yard and you have no idea how it got there? I have no memory of planting snowdrops (Galanthus), but I'm always awfully glad to see them. I know they can even push their way through snow, so I've been keeping an eye out for signs of their arrival. Maybe pushing through a foot of snow is asking too much of a 4 inch plant.
It's too late to plant snowdrops for this season, but if you notice them at a friends house, ask if they'll share a few bulbs with you after they flower. If only takes a few to be hooked.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
Still can't decide what flowers to add to the garden this year? Make sure you have at least a few easy care, low maintenance perennials in your border. Let's face it, as much as we love working in the garden, there's a lot to be said for the pleasure brought by plants that are undemanding and able to perform well on their own. Yes, they do exist. You just have to be selective.
Sunday March 2, 2014
I am often asked if seedlings need fertilizer and if so, when? Good question.
See those long skinny leaves on the seedling in the photo? Those aren't really leaves. They are called cotyledons and they help provide nutrients to the seedling until the true leaves form and the plant can start to photosynthesize. Cotyledons look pretty much the same on most plants.
The two tiny leaves at the top of the seedling are the first true leaves of this tomato plant. When true leaves appear on your seedling, it's time to start feeding them. Here are some tips, along with comments that have come up around this topic before.
Saturday March 1, 2014
Can you smell it? Spring is in the air and it smells like mud. Lovely mud.
A regional gardening calender for the month of March can give you general tips on what to plant and what to wait for, but spring in the garden is unpredictable and won't be hurried. Gardeners will have to use some common sense. March may come in like a lion, but mellow out overnight. Take advantage of warm days, but don't trust your coddled seedlings to a weather report. And try not to do too much walking on wet soil. That will only compact it and make it harder for plant roots to breathe and grow. Here are some reminders of what you can be doing in the garden in March, now that winter is on its last legs.
Photo of Ipheion uniflorum (Spring Star Flower)