It’s March already, and many things are upon us. Daylight Savings, St. Patrick’s Day, and yes–more gardening chores. Here are some helpful hints of what should be done in your garden.
1. Time to start cutting back on the ornamental grasses and remnant’s of last year’s perennials. Houseplants should also being replanted into pots that are 1 to 2 inches larger, you can even give them a little bit of organic fertilizer like seaweed!
2. By the second week of the month, it is necessary to start the seeds of annuals indoors. You can also plant cool-season crops like lettuce and spinach outdoors.
3. It’s the third week of March, Happy St. Patrick’s Day! To celebrate you can buy a potted Oxalis regnellii Shamrock Plant. Or you can sow broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower indoors. In the vegetable garden, if the soil isn’t too moist you can incorporate lime and compost into the soil, then cover with plastic mulch to warm the soil.
4. Now is the time to remove broken stems from lilacs and rhododendrons, but DO NOT prune intact ones with buds on them. You can also start the seeds of peppers, tomatoes and eggplants indoors.
5. In the last few days of March, you should rake your beds and clear out any debris. No matter how well you did this in autumn, there is likely more to do now.
Keep in mind, that Daylight Saving’s begins March 8th, and it is illegal in Suffolk and Nassau County to fertilize your lawn before April 1st. Also, Spring officially begins at 6:45 PM on March 20th, rejoice for the warm weather!