Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

EARLY SPRING GARDENING CHECKLIST

EARLY SPRING GARDENING CHECKLIST

Make sure you get a good start to the season by following this early spring gardening checklist.

  • Clean up and repair- remove broken stems and branches and clean up any winter debris that has gathered around plants.
  • As days get longer, start feeding indoor plants with a fertilizer solution at ½ the recommended strength.
  • Start seeds for annuals and vegetables, but don’t start them too early! Follow the sowing instructions on the back of the seed pack.
  • Give summer flowering bulbs, such as cannas, dahlias, and begonias a head start by potting them indoors under lights until the last day of frost.
  • As soon as the ground is workable, plant cold crop vegetables such as sweet peas, onions, cabbage, radishes, and leeks.
  • Prune deciduous trees and shrubs, except for those that flower in spring, such as lilac.
  • Spray scale-infected trees and shrubs with dormant oil spray before their leaves appear.
  • Cut the stems of ‘Annabelle’ hydrangea back to the ground.
  • Apply slow release fertilizer to flowering shrubs and vines.
  • Pull out weeds as they appear.
  • Inspect your gardening tools for any repair or sharpening that might be required.
  • Apply lawn fertilizer with corn gluten to minimize the germination of crabgrass and dandelions.
  • Start to plan out which trees and shrubs you’d like to add to your landscape, so you can plant them as soon as they become available. Make an appointment with a landscape designer to help with your plans.

Click here for a printable version of our Early Spring Gardening Checklist.

Tuesday, March 1st, 2022

MARCH PLANNING FOR SPRING PLANTING

March Planning Shelmerdine

How does your garden grow?

With this question in mind, March is the month to plan your gardening season ahead.  There may still be snow on the ground, but if you take advantage of March as a planning month then when spring planting season arrives, you’ll be able to devote your time to where you want to be most – in your garden!

Consider taking in a gardening show to get your wheels in motion. Gardeners of all knowledge levels and skills will enjoy Gardening Saturday, an exciting event held on March 28 at Winnipeg’s Victoria Inn. This show features over 100 booths and 15 educational sessions.  It’s an interactive show where you can ask questions and learn from many gardening enthusiasts.  While you’re there, be sure to say ‘hi’ and pick up a little treat from our Shelmerdine booth!

While it’s still too cold to be outdoors much, get lost in a fantastic gardening book, we love Canada’s Local Gardener for spring planting inspiration! It’s all about our gardens here in Canada and how we grow them. It is about vegetables and flowers that thrive here and about people and animals who live among them. This is the magazine for people who simply love being in the garden. Their annual issue is perfect for planning what you’re going to do once the snow clears away.

How To Make the Most Out of March:

  • Take advantage of free seminars offered by local garden centres
  • Book appointments with landscape designers
  • Review notes from last year’s garden journal if you kept one
  • Read through seed catalogs
  • Sketch out your garden plot so you know what will go where
  • Buy seeds – you’ll find the best selection of varieties in March

Happy planning and here’s hoping for an early spring!

 

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