Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2010
Regional Report

Repot House Plants

Late March is ideal for repotting house plants. They will be getting ready for their spring burst of growth, and new soil will give them a boost. Only increase pot size by one inch or you will give the roots too much room and they may become waterlogged. Let the plant rest a few weeks before fertilizing.

Plant Early Vegetables

By the end of the month in most places, you should be able to plant peas, spinach, lettuce and radishes. As long as the soil is not too wet, the cold won't bother these vegetables. The earlier you get them in the ground, the better chance you will have to harvest before bolting in hot weather.

Watch Garden Soil Moisture

As soon as the snow is gone, keep an eye on garden soil for the proper timing to get in and work. If you work the soil when it is too wet, you risk breaking down the good structure that plants need. Grab a handful and squeeze. If it feels like a wrung-out sponge, you are good to go.

Order Onions

Onions can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring. Onion sets larger than a dime are best used for scallions since they tend to bolt. Smaller sets will usually produce bulbs. For more variety availability and better bulb set, order onion plants by mail order.

Order Strawberries

Strawberries can be planted as soon as the ground can be worked in spring. Order your plants bare-root and store them in the refrigerator until planting time. Order June-bearing, ever-bearing and day-neutral varieties to assure berries all season long. Pinch out the flowers of June bearers the first year to produce healthy root systems.

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