Gardening: Spring, Summer and Autumn
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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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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.
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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!
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.
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.
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
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?
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?
Your roses will give you lovely blooms .. - if you follow these instructions now.
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!
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.
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Pick - a - Peck - of - Pickled - Peppers - Now for the vegetables.
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!
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.
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!
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