Spring Is Coming

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Spring has sprung. That means it’s time to turn our attention to the garden. Here are some timley gardening tasks to keep your garden on track.

Planting

  • Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower transplants should be set out in the garden.
  • Other vegetables that can be planted this month include beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard and turnips.
  • Plant your small fruit plants, grape vines and fruit trees before the buds break.
  • Order flower and vegetable seeds.
  • Transplant any trees and shrubs that weren’t moved in the fall.
  • New shrubs and trees can be planted the entire month of March. Be sure to select the right plant for the right place.

Fertilizing

  • Before planting your vegetables, fertilize your garden as recommended by your soil test results. Lime should have been applied in the autumn. If not, apply it now.
  • Send in soil samples from your plant beds and vegetable garden for analysis. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture tests soil for $4 per sample. Results from samples sent in now should be back in 1-2 weeks. Kits are available at the Caldwell Extension Center.

Pruning

  • Prune all fruit trees (apple, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear and plum) and grapevines if you haven’t done so already.
  • Prune spring flowering plants like forsythia (yellow bells), spirea, and flowering quince after the flowers fade.
  • Prune roses before buds break.
  • Deadhead pansies to keep them looking good.

 Pest Management

  • After pruning, apply dormant oil to fruit trees to smother certain overwintering insects.
  • Clean up dead material from perennials.