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March Gardening Tips

Conway Area Master Gardener Association

March Gardening Tips
 
*  When planning an herb garden, choose a permanent spot for each
   herb.  Many annual herbs will self seed an frequently come up year
   after year.
 
* Parsley is rich in vitamins A and C. Be sure to include this valuable
  cooking  herb in your garden. Its leaves add interest in flower areas
  too.
 
* Blue bells will spread, similar to daffodils but they prefer a shadier
   location. They will bloom where they get no sun.
 
 * Impatiens are great shade flowering plants. They are also sensitive
   to cold. Wait until the ground warms up to plant and expect them to
   die at the first frost in the fall.
 
* Check out all the new perennials in your local nursery.
 
* It takes 2 hours a week to care for a 20 by 50 foot garden. That
  does not include planting. So plan accordingly for the size of garden
  you are planning. Most of us will not have that large a garden, but
  any garden will require time each week.
 
* Toward the end of March, plant outdoors onion sets, potatoes, 
   peas, radishes, carrots,  turnips, leaf lettuce and other cold hardy
   vegetables.
 
* Most cacti bloom more readily if root bound.
 
* Stepping stones that have sunk into the ground, need to be  
  repositioned for the new year. Lift them up and spread sand in the
  low areas and then replace the stones.
 
* Birds need new or cleaned bird houses. The season for them is 
  arriving.
 
* Before you work in the garden make sure the soil is dry enough to
   crumble in your hand. If it’s too wet; wait for it to dry out because
   the hard clumps turn into cement like soil.
 
* Edging the gardens will make for easier planning and planting.
  Having a crisp edge also makes everything look tidy.