It’s been an exceptionally mild winter in Northeast Ohio, even setting record high temperatures in February. Even Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring! So with the month of March upon us soon, here are a few “to-dos” (from Rodale’s Organic Life) for those of you who just can’t wait to throw on the gloves – gardening gloves, that is!
• With warmer temperatures, watch for hosta shoots poking up through the soil. If the ground is fully thawed, dig up clumps that need to be divided, split them apart, and replant them. Water generously.
• Free the foliage from spring-blooming bulbs that are tangled in mulch.
• If the weather is mild, consider planting roses, trees, and shrubs towards the end of the month.
• Move your cool-loving broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower outdoors to a cold frame or protected spot.
• Now’s the time to start seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, perennials, and annual flowers indoors under lights.
• As soon the garden soil is workable, plant peas, potatoes, sweet peas, poppies, rocket larkspur, and mignonette.
• If there’s no snow, top-dress the lawn with compost; fill in low spots and reseed.