mimulus - Photo by Helen Krayenhoff

Gardener’s Calendar

March Checklist

  • Herbs are in good supply for early planting. Groom or divide your established plants.
  • As perennials begin growing, protect the new shoots from slugs and snails. Consider evening escargot hunts.
  • Check your watering system for leaks. If automatic, set at low until our weather warms up.
  • You’ll still find an excellent selection of Camellias at the nursery.
  • Start using your compost as surface mulch around shrubs and perennials.

April Checklist

  • Tomato planting? Ready, set, go! Our selection peaks over the next 6 weeks.
  • Treat yourself to a new garden hat as the sun reaches higher in the sky.
  • Prune deciduous flowering shrubs (Lilac, Flowering Quince, Forsythia) during or after bloom.
  • Feed acid-loving plants like Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons for growth.
  • Narcissus (Daffodil) leaves should be allowed to wither naturally after the bloom. Tie them back, but don’t remove them yet.