Birds, buds and flowers announce: spring has arrived

The first full week of last spring

Spring is now past its first week, whether you like it or not. All cool weather vegetables such as lettuce, cabbage, radish, broccoli, spring onion sets, Irish potatoes and leafy greens will be unaffected by the cool days and nights of March . We will probably have lots of cold days and nights throughout March and even part of April, but there is not much danger of the ground freezing although there could be some snow.

Lots of buds on dogwood trees for April flowers

A sure sign that spring is here is the appearance of buds on the dogwood trees. Most of the trees have produced plenty of buds, so we can expect a nice flowering dogwood tree in a few weeks. Some buds begin to form in late winter, but swell as we move on to mid-March when they become visible on bare limbs.

Active spring birds at feeder and birdbaths

Robins don’t eat at feeders, but they do visit the birdbath every spring day. Most of their diet comes from worms, grubs and insects on the lawn. At the feeders, sparrows, chickadees, cardinals and blue jays as well as juncos show up every day. In the spring, keep feeders and baths full as the birds will soon begin to nest and lay eggs.

Planting roses for beauty all summer long

Preparing roses for a blooming season as well as planting new roses is the order of the day as we move into spring. Roses that have come through winter now need attention as they begin a new season. Cut off old shoots and canes. Remove all faded flowers and hips. Pull chickweed and other weeds. Dig around the base of the roses and apply several handfuls of Rose-Tone Organic Rose Food and cover. Water the roses and let the food soak in. When planting new roses, consider varieties of Mr. Lincoln, Peace, and Tropicana as well as all varieties of Knockout roses in the colors red, yellow, pink, and white. They are bush type without long canes and easier to care for.

The knockout roses come in their light green plastic buckets and are easy to plant. Dig a hole for the roses twice the size of the container. Fill the hole with water and give it time to soak into the ground. Add several gallons of peat moss to the hole and water. Carefully remove the rose bush from the bucket and place it in the hole. Water the rose bush. Mix soil and peat and fill the hole. Water and let the soil soak around the rosebush. Add more soil and a little more water. Finish filling with soil and tamp. Water the roses once a week. Feed with Rose-Tone after one month and once a month thereafter. Use a watering can or water wand in spray mode to water the rose when needed.

When will the last spring frost occur??

Spring may be here, but Jack Frost may still be a possibility until April, and with the frost, some pretty chilly nights. Now is definitely not the time to plant or plant warm weather vegetables or tomato and pepper plants, unless you just like to start over! My grandmother from Northampton County always said, “As long as you sleep with a blanket over the bed, it’s too cold to plant or lay out hot weather vegetables.” She didn’t have much education, but her words were wisdom worth listening to. She didn’t know horticulture, but she did know a bit about agriculture and what made plants and vegetables work and what didn’t.

Make a Cheese Bread Dish

My mom always made cheese cookies when we were kids. It is a form of cheese bread that is simple to prepare. You will need one beaten egg, one cup of Bisquick, half a cup of milk, four tablespoons of melted light margarine, one tablespoon of sugar, a can of corn in cream and an eight-ounce package of finely grated cheddar cheese. Combine corn, Bisquick, beaten egg, margarine, milk and sugar, mix well. Pour half the batter into a greased casserole dish or baking dish, top with grated sharp cheddar cheese and cover with the rest of the batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes until golden brown. Check occasionally to see if it’s done. For eight people.

Not too late to sow mustard or greens

Cool early spring nights are receptive to a row or bed of greenery that will produce a harvest in about 50-60 days. Curly mustard produces a soft, tender green. You can also sow mixed greens including kale, rapeseed, tender green, mustard, broadleaf, leafy turnip, and spinach. The equipment will mix the seed in the ratio you prefer. Plant the small seed in a furrow about 3 or 4 inches deep and cover with a layer of peat moss and apply one application of Plant-Tone Organic Plant Food and tamp the soil on either side of the furrow and tamp with the hoe blade. One ounce of seed will plant a 4×4 bed or a 30 or 40 foot row.

Preparation of panda ferns and asparagus

These ferns have overwintered in the living room in a semi-sunny location and will soon be ready for their move to the deck for spring, summer and early fall. To prepare them, they will be pruned and additional potting soil mixed with Flower-Tone organic flower food and a small amount of water to absorb the flower food. In winter, the ferns are pruned once a month to encourage them to grow rather than climb. Inside the house they develop runners because they try to get more light.

Irish potatoes should be planted in March

Irish potatoes are a vegetable that requires at least a 90-day growing season to produce a harvest. They must be planted at the end of March to ensure a harvest in three months. Potatoes planted in March will be ready to harvest before the Dog Days heat of July. Planting potatoes now will allow you to plant a warm weather vegetable like green beans to follow the potato harvest. You can choose between Kennebre, Yukon Gold, Red Pontiac or Irish Cobbler. Always plant whole seed potatoes because when you cut the potatoes or slit the eyes, you promote rot or mold. Place a layer of peat moss on top of the seed potatoes and apply Plant-Tone Organic Plant Food before tamping the soil on both sides of the furrow and tamping with the blade of the hoe for good soil contact. ground. Place the seed potatoes about 10 to 12 inches apart. Apply Plant-Tone once a month and pack the soil on both sides of the row as the potatoes grow.

The deep greening of spring azaleas

At the end of March, the dark green foliage of the azaleas becomes much more vivid. This time of year, it’s time to give them an application of Holly-Tone Organic Evergreen Food and a drink of Miracle-Gro Liquid Azalea Food to kick them into a season of colorful blooms. We love azaleas because of their evergreen foliage and their impact on the home landscape throughout the seasons.

The bee population is starting to wake up

With the color and scent of Carolina Jasmine and American Violets, Daffodils and Hyacinths, the bees arrive early and spread their wings. It’s a sure sign that the warmer days of spring aren’t too far away.

Snow is a possibility in late March

The odds aren’t great at the end of March, but there is a possibility and it has happened over the past few years. A snow this time of spring may not be heavy, but it can cause a lot of excitement. No matter how much, it won’t hang around for long but will melt quickly and like snow in early April, it will only melt our hearts. Maybe that’s March’s way of leaving like a lion.

Keep a magic potion for the garden handy

Cool soil from early crops in cool weather needs a boost in the early spring garden. A bunch of peat moss is the magic ingredient of the garden in all seasons especially in early spring. A 3.5 cubic foot bale costs around $11 or $12 and is the best improvement you can make to garden soil. It improves texture, promotes growth, retains moisture and improves vegetable production. It is a totally organic product that makes a difference in any garden row or garden bed. It is ideal for plants and flowers. It is one of the best investments you can add to the garden and pays off in better soil and better produce. He adds to the garden instead of subtracting.

If it forms a ball, do not plow at all

This is the formula for treating the soil in the garden plot in early spring. The soil can be difficult to work in early spring, even if it is only a little damp, it is impossible to work with wet or damp soil and it does more harm to the soil by working it when it is is wet. If the dirt sticks to your shoes, it’s too wet to work. Roll up the soil and if it forms a wet ball, do not work or walk on it. When the soil crumbles in your hands and crumbles, the conditions are ideal for working and planting in the ground.

Hoe hoe hoe

“Good Housekeeping.” One thing I can say for my wife is a very neat housekeeper. If I drop my socks, she picks them up. If I throw my clothes away, she hangs them up. Last night I got up at three in the morning and went to the kitchen for a glass of milk. When I got home, I found the bed made.

“True liar”. First Wife: “Does your husband stay up all night?” Second wife: “Yes, and he sleeps too!”

“Hit the road, Jack. First husband: “I think my wife is getting tired of me.” Second Husband: “Why do you even think such a thing?” First husband: “She keeps packing my lunch in road maps!”

“Cookie Monster.” “Young man, there were two cookies in the cupboard this morning, why is there only one now?” The young man said, “It must have been so dark that I didn’t see the other one.”