GARDEN ACTIVITIES FOR MARCH & APRIL
PLANT SPUDS TODAY!
Potatoes are fun and easy to grow. You start potato plants from certified seed potatoes, which have been grown under strict disease-free conditions, and have been certified by the USDA as disease-free. Cut the potato into 2” pieces with at least 2 “eyes”. Allow the cut pieces to air-dry for a few days in a warm sunny location. Plant chunks 4” deep and 14-18” apart. Mix plenty of compost into the soil, and “hill-up” around the plants as they grow. Harvest in 60 to 110 days depending on variety.
MARCH 7th is California’s Arbor Day…
Luther Burbank, horticulturalist, hybridizer and plant genius, was born on March 7, 1849. As a young man, he moved to Santa Rosa, California where he performed his magic with plants. His creations number in the hundreds, among them the Santa Rosa Plum, Burbank potato and Shasta Daisy, all still popular today. In honor of Burbank’s birthday, March 7 is designated as California’s Arbor Day as a salute to one of American’s unsung geniuses, and as a reminder of the importance of trees in our lives. Celebrate by planting a tree today.
CHECK OUT AND CORRECT YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM
Our irrigation system is only as good as we set it up and maintain it to be. Remember that as time passes, your living landscape changes, growing larger root systems, and being replaced as plants die.
As plants grow or are replaced we need to evaluate their changing needs and adjust emitters and frequency of watering accordingly.
Also, if an emitter breaks or gets clogged, it doesn’t take long before the damage is done in summer heat. So check your system regularly to make sure it is working correctly.
EASTER IS EARLY THIS YEAR!
Easter Sunday falls on April 1st this year (no foolin’). We will have a great selection of beautiful Easter Lilies, as well as other beautiful plants and gift baskets for you to choose from. To keep your lily looking its best, keep in a light but cool spot in your home. Remove the little yellow anthers, inside the blossom, as the flowers open, to prolong blooms.