Happy spring (at last!)

Spring is coming! The first day is this Friday, March 20! We are all longing for warmer temperatures and longer days of sunlight, and we are excited to hear the frogs and birds sing again in their annual chorus.

Spring peeper. Photo by Ann Rohlfing.

Spring peeper. Photo by Ann Rohlfing.

It’s time to plant those cool season organic vegetables like peas, broccoli, lettuce, kale, and spinach. Remember to think about plant nectar sources for pollinators and host plants for the butterflies when planting new native perennials. Plan your new planting areas on exposure to sun, shade, wind, and make sure that a water source is close by. New beds should have a soil test done before planting vegetables or flowers. Remember to compost soil with good organic matter.

If you make one change in the garden this season, I hope you will have less lawn and more plants in your garden, and that the area you do mow is mowed with a mulch mower. These environmental mowers mulch your grass clipping right back on your lawn to feed natural nitrogen. No racking, no bagging, no need to fertilize! Gardening made so easy.

Happy spring!

by Robyn Affron
Visitor Services Coordinator
Certified Professional Horticulturist

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