Northern & Central Midwest

March, 2012
Regional Report

Try Exciting Lettuce Varieties

Don't be tempted to stick just with old standards in lettuce varieties. Try something new like red romaine, 'Freckles' with red flecks on fresh light green leaves, baby bibb or 'French Ferns'. There are hundreds of delicious varieties available that will make amazing salads.

Plant Some Pansies

Enjoy the pansies that are appearing in garden centers. They come in countless sizes and colors and can be planted now. They enjoy cool weather and begin to languish in the heat of summer. Plant them in with other later-blooming plants so you can cut them back as they tire. They will surprise you and revive to flower again in the fall.

Care for Your Shamrock

Take good care of that lucky shamrock plant you got for St. Paddy's Day by giving it a bright sunny window and allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Allow the plant to go dormant in summer and move to a cool, dark spot. When new leaves begin to emerge, bring out to a sunny window again and begin watering and fertilizing.

Plant Radishes

Plant spring radishes as soon as the soil can be worked. Make successive sowings every ten to fourteen days until mid spring. Plant in spaces between slow maturing vegetables like broccoli or in spots that will later be used for peppers, tomatoes and eggplants.

Plant Onions

Plant onions later in the month. For premium bulbing onions, use transplants and space them three to four inches apart. For scallions, use the dime-sized sets offered in garden centers and plant them right next to each other. Plant as soon as the soil can be worked.

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