As winter begins to fade and we approach the first true days of spring, March holds a load of work to be done in the garden. The average minimum temperature this month in the Rogue Valley is 35.9 degrees Fahrenheit with a maximum around 58 degrees Fahrenheit. We usually grab some rain this month, with total rainfall hitting around two inches.
|Planting (Cane Fruits)
||Sow for Transplanting
||Fertilize and Prune
||Chinese Cabbage||Chinese Parsley||Onions||Currants|
||Oriental Greens||Fava Beans|
|Pak Choi||Garden Cress|
|Mustard & Turnip Greens|
Where the Flowers Grow:
- Fertilize your acid-loving plants, including rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias with acidic fertilizer.
- Every 10 days to 2 weeks, spray your tulips to keep tulip fire at bay.
- Divide your crysanthemums, daylilies and hostas.
- Keep those slugs at bay with barriers or baits.
- Mix some rotted manure into your flower beds to give the soil a boost.
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- If you’ve noticed that leaf and cane spot fungi have been a problem on your berries, try using lime sulfur or fixed copper. In a couple of weeks, hit them again with the same material.
- As you put these pups in the ground, make sure you’ve got a site with nice full sun and good drainage. Nothing worse than poor drainage! Till into your soil four to six inches of aged manure (it’s not so bad – you have “Ma” and “newer” ) or other organic matter combined with a pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per hundred square feet. If you're unfamiliar with what these numbers mean, be sure to check out our basics of fertilizer article.
- As you put your berries in the ground, make sure you avoid spots where tomatoes, eggplants, peppers or tomatillos have grown in the past two years. Your roots should be kept cool and moist until planting as well. Place the plants one inch deeper than previously planted and keep the soil moist as well.
- Fertilize sown-to-transplant artichokes every ten days or so with ¼-strength liquid fertilizer.
- Spray sycamores, hawthorns and willows for leaf and twig fungus diseases.
- If you find webworms or leafrollers in trees and shrubs, spray!