Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Middle South

March, 2001
Regional Report

Plant Potatoes

There really is a quality difference in fresh potatoes you grow yourself, and now's the time to get them in the ground. Plant in trenches and fill in the trenches as the potatoes sprout. Use plenty of mulch to keep the soil cool, and you should get several nice spuds from each plant.

Divide Hostas

You can never have enough of these pretty shade lovers, and now is the best time to increase your supply. Use a knife or sharp spade to divide big clumps into smaller ones, 3 to 4 inches wide, and replant them right away. Keep them well watered.

Thin Lettuce

Whenever leaves of neighboring lettuce plants touch, it\'s time to thin them. Unless you give individual plants ample room to grow, you won\'t get big lettuce plants with lots of crisp leaves inside. Even leaf-type varieties benefit from regular thinning, and of course you can eat the thinnings.

Set Out Blueberries

Blueberries are low-maintenance plants that practically take care of themselves when planted in moist, acidic soil. They can be planted now. Rabbiteye types are best in our climate. The shrubby bushes are pretty enough to grow as edible ornamentals, but you'll need at least two varieties to ensure good pollination.

Renew Roses

Cleanliness is important to rose health, so take time to rake up old mulches, prune away old stems, and pull out weeds that have made themselves at home in your rose garden. Fertilize the plants with an organic or timed-release fertilizer before laying down a fresh supply of organic mulch.


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