Follow this schedule for best planting practices
Greetings all, I received a request from Master Gardener Vicki Diamonte, asking if I could write about timelines for planting flowers and vegetables. Excellent request, Vicki, thank you.
Most folks who follow my column are already accomplished gardeners who have been at it for many years, but there are many who are just starting out. For those of you who already know what to plant, and when to plant it, a handy reference guide is always good to have on hand.
My information came directly from the University of Maryland Extension website. In consideration for space, I am listing only the most popular vegetable plants among many home gardeners. For a complete list, head to http://www. extension.umd.edu.
Asparagus May 20 to April 15 (crowns)
Carrots April 10 to June 1 and June 15 to Aug. 1 (seeds)
Chives March 20 to April 20
Cucumbers May 10 to June 1 and June 15 to July 10 (seeds)
Eggplant May 15 to June 10 (transplants)
Kale April 1 to April 20 and July 10 to Aug. 10 (seeds)
Lettuce (leaf) March 15 to June 1 and July 15 to Sept.1 (seeds)
Onions March 15 to April 15 (sets/bulbs)
Peas March 15 to May 1 and July 25 to Aug. 5 (seeds)
Peppers May 15 to June 10 (transplants)
Pumpkins May 20 to June 10
Radishes March 20 to May 10 and July 20 to Sept. 15 (seeds)
Spinach March 10 to April 20 and Aug. 1 to Sept. 5 (seeds)
Squash (summer) May 1 to May 30 and June 1 to June 15 (seeds)
Squash (winter) May 15 to June 15 (seeds)
Tomatoes May 1 to June 15 and June 15 to July 5 (transplants)
Hi Mr. Fischer, I have some type of weed in my lawn that grows very fast, and is more rigid than most of my lawn. I mow it down and within a couple of days it is back. If you were to look at my lawn, about every 8 to 10 inches there is a clump of it approximately 8 inches tall. I took a picture with my phone, but can’t load it into my computer. Without seeing a picture, can you take a guess at what it may be? Thank you, Carol, Fair Hill Hi Carol, There are so many weeds out there that a photo would have boiled it down, but I believe I know what you are talking about.
It is most likely onion grass (Allium canadense). Onion grass is an aggressively invasive weed that thrives in acidic soil. The leaves are produced by underground bulbs that are very difficult to eradicate, due in part to the waxy nature of the leaves.
You will most likely have to amend the pH of the soil. Adding lime and organic matter to the soil will help accomplish this. Before you add lime to your lawn, dig up as many of the bulbs as possible. Ensure you dig down a hefty 6 inches, and locate as many bulbs as possible. Pesticides are an option, but the waxy surface on the leaves hinders the absorption of them into the weeds. I hope this helps, Carol. The Cecil County Master Gardeners and I thank you for helping create a healthy environment that will last for years to come. Happy gardening, Ken Fischer
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