Pacific Northwest

March, 2011
Regional Report

Protect Soil Texture

Be careful when working the soil this month. If it's too wet it will develop hard clumps when it dries. Wait until a clump of soil squeezed in your hand crumbles when poke gently with a finger before starting to dig.

Remove Fuchsias From Storage

If you've overwintered fuchsias, take them out of storage and place them in the warmth and light of a south-facing window. You can put them outdoors later this month.

Divide Perennials

Dig and divide summer and fall blooming perennials once they've sent up four-inch stems. (Wait until flowering is finished before dividing spring flowering perennials.) Perennials need dividing when they are obviously overcrowded, the stems are floppy, when there's a dead spot in the center of the plant, or when flowering is sparse.

Fertilize Spring Flowering Shrubs

Early spring is a great time to fertilize rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias. Use a fertilizer especially formulated for acid-loving plants.

Plant Potatoes

The weather is warm enough now to plant potatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, and asparagus.

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