Spring ahead on the 13th with daylight saving and the first day of spring is March 20. Time to start digging! Looking forward to the spectacular showing of daffodils in town. March 1 is St. David’s Day. Celebrate with the Welsh with daffodils. Ireland’s St. Paddy’s Day is March 17 and shamrocks are the flower of the day.
WE DIG – DO IT NOW TIPS
• Seed indoor tomato, pepper and eggplant
• Lift and divide crowded perennials. Replant only the outer pieces of a clump in soil replenished with compost and a little bone meal
• This is the right time to prune evergreens, holly and hedges
• Feed all cane, vine and bush berries
• Start geranium cuttings indoors
• If glads and dahlias are sprouted, expose to daylight and divide dahlias by cutting the bulbs between the eyes
• Turn the compost pile
• Rake moss from the grass, top dress with peat moss, seed any bare spots.
• This is a great time to move and plant trees and shrubs
• Cultivate, weed and feed strawberries
DID YOU KNOW
… the flower of the month is the daffodil meaning affection and sympathy?
… the second Thursday in March is Popcorn Lover’s Day?
… sprinkling coffee grounds over carrot plantings repels the root maggot?
… to make one pound of honey, bees must tap two million flowers?
… soaking the seeds of beet and peas for 15-20 minutes before planting helps germination?
PICK OF THE MONTH
The bright yellow blooms of daffodils are a sign that spring is around the corner. Daffodils are hardy and easy to grow in most regions of North America. They are a fall-planted bulb and will bloom in late winter or early spring. Deadhead plants as flowers fade but allow leaves to remain for at least six weeks. They need time after blooming to store energy in the bulbs for next year’s bloom. Daffodils are deer resistant.
DAFFODOWNDILLY by A.A. Milne
She wore her yellow sun bonnet
She wore her greenest gown,
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
“Winter is dead.”
Someone has been adding soil to my garden. The plot thickens!
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