Coastal and Tropical South

March, 2006
Regional Report

Planting Vigorous Vines

Annual vines can provide fast, colorful shade from summer's heat and sun, and some provide flowers and nectar, too. Compatibility in growth rate is the key to success in a mixed planting of vines. Aggressive cypress vine needs an equally fast-growing partner. Pair it with moonflower or morning glory.

Controlling Weeds

Weeds compete with your desirable plants for food and water, so the sooner you get a grip (literally) on them, the better. After a rain is the best time lift them out of the soil, roots and all. If you let them grow and go to seed, next year's crop of weeds is guaranteed.

Sow Summer Annuals

Candelabra tree, zinnias, and all the summer annual seeds you saved can be planted now. Use peat cubes or pots, or prepare a well-raked, fertile soil bed and seed directly into the garden. Keep moist, and when the seeds sprout, use a dilute solution of fertilizer mixed in water.

Prepare Parsley Cubes

Parsley planted last fall is ready to harvest now. Much flavor is lost in drying, so freeze it for cooking later. Wash the parsley well, and remove the stems. Chop the leaves into manageable pieces, then put them in ice cube trays, fill with water, and freeze. Thaw as needed.

Deter Moles by Controlling Grubs

If you could see beneath your lawn, the activity there might surprise you. White grubs appearing now are the best lunch that moles can find. If moles have been a problem, know that they are raising babies and hunting for food. Control the grubs, and the moles may leave on their own.

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