Used coffee grounds and crushed egg shells help to prevent blossom rot on tomatoes. Just sprinkle it along the base of the plant.
Make a garden safe pest spray right at home. Chop grind or liquefy one garlic bulb and one small onion, add 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Mix with one quart water. Steep for one hour and strain through cheesecloth into a spray bottle. Add 1 tablespoon dish soap. Mix well.
Spray plants liberally with mixture in the evening. Store in refrigerator for up to one week.
Use 3-5 times per week.
You’ve been waiting patiently for this since winter appeared. Finally, March is here! Spring will be March 21st you’ve been aching to get out there and dig in the garden, to plant, to be outside in the sunshine and fresh air.
Hopefully, you have already gone through your seed catalogs, prepared your Square Foot Garden beds, and decided what you want to plant in your spring garden. No? Well, it’s time to do that – you still have time, so don’t worry! Get out your notebook or garden planner. Start deciding what will go where. Here are some important things to remember to help you plan the garden design:
- The size the plant will reach at maturity.
- Is it a vining plant and does it need the support of a trellis?
- Date it should be planted.
- Date it will reach maturity and can be harvested.
- How many to plant per square?
- Is it a cool-season or warm-season plant?
- What do you like to eat or what pretty plant do you want to look at?
What you can plant now will be determined by your planting zone, region, and climate. Here are a couple of resources to help you with your planning:
- Spring Planting Guide for North Carolina
- Nationwide Extension Map for USA: Click on your state to get a free planting guide (and specific planting information) for your area.
- Map of Hardiness Zones for Canada
- Florida Planting Calendar
Here is a list of early spring vegetables, which can be planted in March (a few could have been planted in February). Be sure to check a planting guide for your specific area as to what date to plant. Remember, optimum planting times vary widely from one region to the next!
- Asparagus (Asparagus is a perennial and should be planted in a permanent spot.)
- Horseradish (Plant from root cuttings in spring. It’s a perennial.)
In April, you may want to plant:
- Beans – Pole & Bush
- Sweet Corn
With the ongoing bee crisis (Colony Collapse Disorder), many are concerned about our pollinators, including butterflies, which are all in decline. Planting a pollinator-friendly flower garden will help! Check out the many free guides to pollinator-friendly flowering plants for every region from Pollinator Partnership.
If you grow it for the fruit or the root you need full sun. If you grow it for the leaves, partial shade is all you need.
Pennies or copper placed along the inside of your SFG box can help keep out slugs and other harmful pests. Copper can also protect tomatoes against blight.