Favorite perennials that provide a lot of blooms with minimum upkeep include:
- Hardy geranium
- Lady’s mantel
- Black-eyed Susan
- Stella D’Oro daylily
- Autumn Joy sedum
Out in the fruit and vegetable garden, the blueberry bushes are budding up nicely. If you have blueberries, they really appreciate a layer of mulch to conserve water, prevent weeds and add organic matter. They also like acid soil which can be achieved with fertilizers like blood meal and cottonseed meal (manures may damage the plants). I like to mulch with pine needles that drop from our trees in the fall since they help make the soil acid.
Asparagus should have been cut back and layered with compost in January or February – and you will be seeing the first shoots in established beds (you can get lots more information on how to grow asparagus – plus how to use it -in my Ultimate Asparagus Guide). My beds have been here for years and they produce a few handfuls in late March, before producing abundantly April through June.
Another March chore is to cover all your bigger vegetable areas with black plastic to use solar power to kill the weeds over the next month or two before planting with a no-till method that reduces the need to weed dramatically!
In northern gardens March and April is the time to plant these vegetables:
- seeds: spinach, lettuce, and other cool-weather greens like kale & chard
- onion starts or sets
- seeds: peas
- potatoes (if your ground is workable – it’s okay to wait until later if you need to)
- seeds: (main crops in April) beets, carrots, endive, lettuce, peas, radishes, spinach, turnips, rutabagas
- plant starts (in April): broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks
Whew. While it seems like a lot, you don’t have to do all your gardening tasks at once- and it’s fun to finally be out digging in the garden again, right?
Okay, now it’s time to check out the other articles from our Tuesdays in the Garden group – I hope you’re inspired to get digging!
Spring Planning @ Simplify Live Love
Spring Gardening Tasks @ The Freckled Rose
Preparing for the Growing Season @ Frugal Family Home
Favorite Flower Garden Ideas @ House of Hawthornes
Spring Garden Prep @ Homemade Food Junkie