March into Spring
Time really flies! It is hard to believe that Daylight Savings Time begins on March 13, and that the Vernal Equinox is March 20, which marks the beginning of spring. By now, your landscaping and gardening plans should be complete, your tools should be prepared and you are waiting to begin. Seeds are readily available in the stores, in catalogs and on the Internet. Take some time and peruse the seeds in the store and see what new and interesting ones might be available. When you are checking the seed packets, be sure and find out the growth cycle on the side of the packet, in other words, how long it takes to grow from a seed to a large veggie, or a flower. Last year, I purchased seeds for a new variety of squash and didn't read about it and, you guessed it, the frost came before the squash had reached a usable maturity.
I'm sure some of you purchase those round bowls of multi-colored flowers. Buy the small plants yourself and put together a bowl that will be beautiful and so much cheaper. I also do that with hanging baskets. I especially like ivy geraniums in hanging baskets, and it really does cut down on your expenses. You can usually do several for the price of one purchased at a nursery. Another thing I have done is to order hanging begonias from New York, as I have never found the bulbs in this area and the plants are gorgeous.
Another thing I wanted to mention is that even though the weather seems nice, don't plant your garden yet. It will freeze at some point and you will just have to replant. Even though you may have gardening fever, wait until next month. I am going to have my garden rototilled this month. I plan to add a small amount of manure to the soil before it is worked, but you can't add much at this time of year, as it will burn the plants. My flower beds are ready to go, as is my asparagus bed, my iris and my red-hot poker plants.
Good luck with your gardening during the 2016 growing season. Try to include all family members by assigning special chores for each person to do. Now, take a deep breath, relax and you will soon enjoy the fruits of your labor.