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Gardening: Spring, Summer and Autumn

Updated on September 25, 2012

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All through the ages, gardens have been the symbol of fertility and loveliness.The Garden of Eden was said to contain "every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food."

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon so astonished travelers that they were ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

Even before the days of European horticulture, ancient Mexican gardens were watered by aqueducts and their flowers scientifically arranged.

The seed racks are laden heavily in the stores now. It is time to check out the seeds you have left over from last year and see what you need to buy. Spring seed catalogues have arrived. It is time to study them, and place orders as soon as possible. Rely on popular varieties, but do order small quantities of a few new items for trial and for variety.

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My greenhouse.
My greenhouse.

March is a busy month in the greenhouse.

Things to do in March

March is when you should sow seeds of begonias, lobelias and other outdoor annuals that need a long season of growth. It is still not too late to do this in the Okanagan Valley if you do so now.

If you live in a region that still has a bit of snow, tramp down the snow around the trunks of young fruit trees to deter mice from burrowing under the snow to chew the bark. If adequate wire guards were put in place in November, this step can be omitted.

Photo Credit: Complete Book of the Garden

Kipling wisely wrote:

Such gardens are not made

By singing, "Oh, how beautiful!"

And sitting in the shade.

Geraniums - These are planted - don't they look nice!

geraniums
geraniums

It is time to take cuttings of geraniums, lantanas, heliothropes, and fuchsias from plants that have been wintered in the greenhouse or in a suitable room in your home. Time too, for you to start into growth, stock plants of chrysanthemums from which cuttings will be taken later.

Now is also the time to inspect gladioluses as well as dahlias and other bulbs, corms and tubers stored indoors over the winter.

Time also, to prune your grapes on a sunny day.

March is a busy month in gardens. - Look after your fruit trees.

Apple trees budding out.
Apple trees budding out.

March is a busy month in gardens except in the coldest areas. Gardeners can get a two-week start on those who live in such cold regions as Area 3 on the Northeast (around the Canadian Great Lakes) and who must usually wait until April to start outside work.

This month fruit trees may be pruned and examined for oystershell and San Jose scale. These pests may also be present on cotoneasters, dogwoods and lilacs. To control them, dormant-strength lime sulphur should be used before the leaf buds swell.

Shrubs - Look at the results of proper care.

Lilacs
Lilacs

Shrubs that need spring pruning can be given this attention as soon as the severest winter weather is over but it is easier if the pruning is postponed until just after their buds start to swell, which in some parts will not be until April.

A good rule of thumb is: Shrubs that bloom early in the spring should be pruned after they bloom. Those that bloom in the fall should be pruned before they bloom.

(Lilacs should be pruned after they bloom.)

Look what's blooming in April and May - Flowering bulbs

tulips
tulips

Spring-flowering bulbs planted on the south or west side of a building often cause concern when shoots spear before the snow has gone from other places. Mulching aggravates this.

Shoveling snow over the bed before foliage appears protects it.

(Our snow is all gone now so this information should be kept for next year.)

What about those bulbs?

A field of daffodils
A field of daffodils

Many gardeners leave their bulbs in the ground over winter. Where I live we can do this, but we need to put straw or leaves on them to protect them during the coldest part of the season.

Every two or three years bulbs should be dug up, separated and replanted in the autumn. Or when you dig them up you may want to dry them out and store them in a cool dry area .. ready to plant them in the spring. When you replant them it is good to give them a handful of Bonemeal.

How often do you dig up your tulip and daffodil bulbs?

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Your roses will give you lovely blooms .. - if you follow these instructions now.

Rose
Rose

When the snow has melted and the ground is no longer frozen deeply, remove the upper winter covering from roses and leave only the mound of earth; this should be taken down about two weeks later.

Remove leaf and straw mulches from bulbs, perennial and rock-garden plantings. Otherwise you may be faced with matting and mildew.

The showy Petunia - I like a lot of color!

Showy Petunias
Showy Petunias

Seeds of ageratums, verbenas, snapdragons, petunias, annual carnations and other annuals that take 70 to 90 days to bloom should be started indoors or in the greenhouse early in March. So if you haven't done that yet .. be sure to do it now.

Petunias make a showy display outdoors sooner if given an early start.

Near the end of March sowing of quicker-maturing kinds such as marigold, asters, stocks and zinnias, needing about 60 days from seed sowing to setting out in the garden, may be done.

What do you prefer .. - Your choice.

I am wondering what your preference is ..

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Pick - a - Peck - of - Pickled - Peppers - Now for the vegetables.

Green Peppers
Green Peppers

The timing of gardening during March and April depends a great deal on the differences between, climate Areas. For gardeners throughout the temperate region, however, mid-March to mid-April is the time to sow indoors the seed of the majority of annuals and common vegetables.

Cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, egg-plant, and tomato need to be started early so that good-sized plants can be set out in May or early June. Sowing dates will vary with the kind of plant and the geographical location.

June 15th is usually the date I try to target to plant all the vegetable plants and seeds in the garden. Usually the ground is warm enough by then.

Tuberous Flowers - I love begonias .. don't you!

Begonias
Begonias

Tuberous begonias should be started in the greenhouse about the end of March so that they will be ready to set out in June.

Gardens in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley should also start cannas and caladiums.

For pot culture start tubers of gloxinias.

Is there moss in your grass? - A helpful hint.

Lawn
Lawn

Sprinkle bird seed on the area and a flock of robins will come along to eat the seed, pull up the moss and aerate your lawn for free!

Magazines that I recommend! - They have all the answers!

Best of MOTHER EARTH NEWS: Gardening Made Easy
Best of MOTHER EARTH NEWS: Gardening Made Easy

This is a country lifestyle service magazine focused on do-it-yourself living, personal achievement, outdoor recreation, thrift and the blending of the old-fashioned with modern ingenuity.

 
Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat
Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat

Urban Farm's feature articles are written to inspire people as they develop their city or suburban farm or garden. They cover what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle, including conserving, growing our own food, eating locally and in season, recycling, composting, and making intentional buying decisions. Articles include how-to projects for self-sufficiency, sustainable community initiatives, profiles of successful urban farmers, beekeeping, backyard goat keeping, raising rabbits, small-space gardening techniques, community-building advice, crop profiles, protecting your urban farm from wildlife, step-by-step cooking projects, alternative energy and more.

 
Will
Will

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Although I know that I haven't covered every region or even all the many varieties of fruit and/or vegetables that we grow in our garden, I hope that this lens has been useful to you. If it hasn't been useful, I hope that it has been enjoyable to see the many things I grow where I live.

I will be happy if you leave a comment, a thumbs up and/or a blessing. :)

Thank you,

~LaraineRose

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      Laraine Sims 3 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @paulahite: Thank you, Paula, I appreciate your interest.

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Lovely! And on our Facebook page on 4.13.14.

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      June Parker 4 years ago from New York

      Another fabulous lens! I always love visiting you. Your lens are always interesting and beautiful and this one on spring gardening is not a disappointment! *Squid Angel Blessed* and added to "My Squid Angel Blessings for 2012" in the "Home & Garden » Gardening" neighborhood.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you for visiting me here at my garden. I see that I have a bit of work to do on this lens .. welcome back any time.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @rob-hemphill: Actually the quail are going a great job of aerating our garden this year. We must have 200 of them now.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      Nice gardening lens! I loved the Garden of Eden intro. Great place to start :)

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      Lovely lens full of interesting information. Now I know how to get rid of moss, not heard of that one before.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SheGetsCreative: Thank you for visiting and adding this to your garden lens. I appreciate it!

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Inspiring gardening lens - adding it to my Beauty of Dish Gardens

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @aesta1: Thank you for coming to this Spring lens. Lots to do but the results are so worthwhile!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We feasted on spring this year as we drove through Europe and I will be back each year. It is so refreshing to the spirit.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: I'm so happy that the yellow is flowers and not a yellow lawn. I do love outside work .. especially flowers. I was out cleaning up the flower beds today. Mum's day tomorrow so no yard work. I'm hoping we get a sprinkle of rain. The flowers could use it.

      On and on I go .. thank you so much for visiting and blessing this lens. I'll be visiting you soon.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, my dear ... come and tend to my virtual flower garden! You have such a knack. I am happy to report that I am seeing lots of yellow in my front yard ... marigolds and daisies.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Rangoon House: Thank you. I've got my sunscreen out and can't wait for the sun to get a bit warmer so that I can get some vegetables planted. Please come again when you have time.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @ajgodinho: I remember you mentioning this in one of your lenses. When we lived in condos I used to always make sure that we had a balcony. My friends always were amazed at what I could grow in a tiny area. I wish that I had taken pictures of this. I may have one or two .. I'll have to look. Thank you for visiting .. I'll be seeing you soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: I am so pleased that you visited and thank you for the blessing.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Steph Tietjen: I have a certain area where the begonias grow the best. They are so beautiful and they last all summer with no fussing. I hope that you can grow them again where you live now.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julescorriere: Why thank you! I need to go visit there. I've been busy outside lately and am needing to be two people. Would you believe three or four!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: I always get excited this time of year. I love spring!

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      This looks like an ideal garden. Spring Blessings to you.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Another beautiful lens with useful tips for spring gardening. I used to do a lot of gardening when I was in my late teens. Now I'm into condo living, but when I retire, I would love to do some gardening. Stay blessed! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured on Squidoo's 2012 Spring Gardening Showcase and Blessed by a fellow Gardener and Squidoo Angel

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Another wonder article about the outdoors, gardening and just the right amount of your own personal touch! *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Great information and beautiful photography. I used to grow Begonias in Calif...I really miss them. Thanks.

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      Beautiful lens. And I just love the idea of sprinkling bird seed down over the mossy areas of the grass. Who would have thought?! Congratulations on making the Best of Squidoo 2012 Gardening Lenses. Blessed!

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      thank you for sharing this beautiful lens with lots of flowers in it. yes, we're ready for spring. angel blessings.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @flicker lm: Today was a cloudy, but warmer day and this evening the thermometer is reading 10C. So I believe we'll soon be getting much warmer temps. I'm watching for my flowers to start taking on new life.

      Thank you for being the first one to leave comments on my lens.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Enjoyed seeing all these beautiful shrubs and flowers! I'm ready for Spring!