*March Edibles*

broccoli

Planting

       It’s time to plant cool weather crops.  In the piedmont, as soon as the soil can be worked, plant lettuce, mustard greens, sugar snap peas, radishes, onions, potatoes, spinach and cole crops.  If a ball of soil crumbles after being squeezed in your fist, the soil is workable. Transplant cabbage, broccoli and other members of the cabbage family now.  Protect them from temperatures below 20° F. In the mountains, mid-March is a good time to start tomato transplants indoors for planting in the early May.

        Asparagus spears should be making an appearance in the next couple of weeks.

Pest Control

  Pest control for peaches and apples is critical in the period right after blooming, check the Disease and Insect Managment in the Home Orchard guide for details..

Pruning:

       There is still time to finish pruning grape vines.  They may drip sap, but that isn’t a problem.  Prune roses by removing all but 4 to 6 canes.  Cut above an outward facing bud.

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