In the Organic Garden: Week of March 13, 2017

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March 13 to 19, 2017: Cold snap! Icy temps and snow flurries have struck the garden, but we can still feel spring on the way. This week, we’re nurturing seedlings indoors and pruning trees outdoors.

Kitchen Gardens

In fruit and vegetable gardens, we’re

crocus garden landscape spring march

These intensely purple crocus glow in spring sunshine.

Ornamental Gardens

In other parts of the garden, we’re

  • pruning small-stature deciduous trees.
  • doing spring garden cleanup. We’re cutting down ornamental grasses and spent perennials, raking out beds, and tidying for spring. But where possible, we’re leaving plant debris standing a little longer to give hibernating insects a chance to emerge.
  • cutting back red- and yellow-twig dogwood stems to get the best color next winter. You might cut the entire shrub down, or just cut down about 1/3 of the stems. We’ve done both! We’re also cutting back willow. Once this cold snap is through, we’ll start cutting down slightly more tender shrubs like butterfly bush (Buddleia app.), blue-mist shrub (Caryopteris spp.), and beautyberry (Callicarpa spp.).
  • scrubbing out and filling bird feeders to welcome birds returning to the garden.
  • turning the compost heap.

Amy graduated from DePauw University with a degree in physics, a lifelong love of theatre, and a problem-solving style that combines the approaches from both those fields. A Master Gardener and long-time communications professional, Amy conducts gardening seminars and blogs about gardening in addition to her work with Spotts.

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