Pacific Northwest

May, 2001
Regional Report

Leave the Grass Clippings


Decomposing grass clippings left on the lawn return valuable nutrients, especially nitrogen, to turf grass. Rake up grass clippings or bag them only when the grass has grown unusually tall between mowings and clumps of mown grass are left on the lawn. Compost those clippings.

Store Extra Seed


Leftover vegetable and flower seeds can be stored in a cool, dry location for planting next year. One method is to place seed packets in a jar or plastic bag and store them in a cool, dark closet. Another method to keep them fresh is to store jars in the refrigerator.

Fertilize Plants


Annual flowers need loving care during their early weeks of growth in the garden. If you pamper them now, you'll be rewarded with beautiful blooms during midsummer. Sprinkle a 10-10-10 fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound per 100-foot row. Apply it evenly around the plants and scratch it into the soil. Water regularly and thoroughly if spring rains are sparse.

Keep Records


In addition to recording planting dates, remember to keep a record of the varieties you grow. By knowing the specific name of each crop, you can plant that variety next season if you like it or avoid it if it wasn't up to par.

Encourage Asparagus Foliage


Stop cutting asparagus when the spears become thinner than the diameter of a pencil. After the last cut is made, fertilize the bed by broadcasting 10-10-10 at the rate of 2 pounds per 100 square feet of row. Allow the tops to grow during the summer to store food in the roots for next year's crop.

Donate Today

The Garden in Every School Initiative

Shop Our Holiday Catalog

— ADVERTISEMENTS —