Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association


March, 2001
Regional Report

Select Inoculants

When purchasing legume seeds such as soybeans, beans, or peas, also select an appropriate inoculant (Rhizobia bacteria) labeled for use with that plant. The symbiotic bacteria in the inoculant is specific to each kind of plant, and it will help your plants grow and produce better.

Grow an Annual Cutting Garden

Include colorful annual flowers for cutting in your flower bed or vegetable garden. Some good candidates for early cutting include sweet peas, larkspur, snapdragons, violas, and pansies. In a midseason garden, grow long-stemmed zinnias, cornflowers, batchelor\'s buttons, gladiolus, and blue salvia. For late color, try strawflowers, pollen-free sunflowers, cosmos, tithonia, and purple millet.

Grow Simple Herbs

A simple but rewarding herb garden can be grown in a small sunny area. Grow perennial favorites such as chives, sage, and thyme along with annuals and biennials such as dill, basil, cilantro, and parsley. Somewhat tender herbs such as scented geraniums, bay trees, and rosemary can be grown in pots and wintered indoors from year to year.

Mow the Lawn

To encourage healthy lawn growth, start mowing as soon as the lawn starts to grow again. Mow often enough to remove about one-third of the grass height each time. Since lawn grasses grow fast in springtime, expect to mow more frequently than once a week during the coming few months.

Repot Houseplants

Overgrown houseplants may need to be repotted now. Try to match the texture of the new soil to that of the old soil so the plants can absorb moisture and drain at the rate they're used to. Make sure the roots are guided outward toward the new soil rather than wrapping in circles.


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