Things to do in your garden this month—taken from the Ontario Master Gardener Calendar by John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario.
Please contact John for more information!
Here are the things to do for your garden in March!
- Start tuberous begonias & caladiums corms in pots.
- Plant brassicas (the cabbage family) seeds and hardy annuals for May planting outdoors.
- Start tomatoes, lettuce and other fast growers from seed in late March to early April.
- Make a list of spring chores in the order they should be done, if you haven’t already done so.
- Order summer flowering bulbs. Try www.botanus.com
- Order/buy seeds for summer planting NOW!
- Check, repair and sharpen your gardening tools.
- Apply combination dormant oil spray to fruit trees & pest-prone shrubs when above-freezing weather permits.
- Bring Spring indoors. Start forcing branches of spring-flowering shrubs like Forsythia.
- If you can find them, buy narcissus bulbs and grow them in gravel with water.
- Prune summer-flowering shrubs and vines.
- Before the snow goes, apply triple-19 agricultural fertilizer liberally over the snow only your flower beds. It’s available at Huron Bay Co-Op in Markdale at $33.38 a bag.
- When the snow goes, loosen up packed winter mulch and press any perennials that have heaved, back into place.
- Plan to plant a few bird-attracting, native berry plants and shrubs.
- If there are any students out there who are Interested in garden work after school this spring and summer, please get in touch with me now. There are lots of jobs available.
John Hethrington, Past President, Master Gardeners of Ontario