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Garden Checklist: Your spring garden is calling – and it’s hungry

Be sure to saturate the soil around plants before adding fertilizers to protect tender growth.
Be sure to saturate the soil around plants before adding fertilizers to protect tender growth. Bigstock

Do you feel a little early spring fever? So does your garden. Get ready for the growing season ahead. It’s time to fertilize and prepare plants for their often rapid growth to come:

▪ Feed fruit trees before flowers open. Use a a fertilizer specifically labeled for fruit trees.

▪ Feed other mature trees and shrubs as spring growth appears.

▪ Feed strawberries and asparagus, two perennials from the vegetable garden that will soon hit high gear.

▪ Feed spring-blooming flowers and established perennials.

▪ Always make sure to saturate the soil around plants before adding fertilizers.

▪ Check for aphids on new growth. Knock them off with a strong spray of water or a squirt of insecticidal soap.

▪ Look out for snails and slugs. Hand-pick them off plants an hour after nightfall.

▪ Plant seed for beets, Swiss chard, collards, endive, fennel, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, peas, radicchio, radish and turnips.

▪ Transplant seedlings for broccoli, cabbage, kale, lettuce and leeks.

▪ Indoors, start tomatoes, eggplant and peppers from seed. They’ll be ready to transplant outdoors when weather warms in April or May.

▪ In the flower garden, plant seed for baby’s breath, calendula, California poppy, cornflower, forget-me-not, larkspur, nasturtium, nicotiana and snapdragon.

Debbie Arrington

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