Pacific Northwest

April, 2014
Regional Report

Divide Hostas

When new foliage just begins to emerge, dig and divide overgrown hosta clumps. For quickest recovery, each new division should have at least two leaves attached to a mass of roots. Replant the divisions after amending the soil with moisture-retentive compost or other organic matter.

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 them in jars in the refrigerator.

Recycle 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.

Fertilize Asparagus

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 a complete fertilizer such as 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.

Choose the Best Bedding Plants

When choosing bedding plants, look for well-proportioned plants with sturdy stems and unopened buds. The best plants are often found in large, deep cells spaced far apart. These have larger root systems and are less likely to have been stressed while growing.

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