Spring is in the air, and it’s a fabulous time to get out there and plant!
- Sweet peas
- California natives
- Perennial herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage
- Tomato transplants
- Warm season annuals such as petunia, lobelia, verbena, coleus, begonias and impatiens
- Warm season perennials
- Cool season annuals – You can still plant them this month, although they won’t live too much longer
- Slugs – This is the time of year you really start seeing slugs, they like cool damp mornings. They love to munch on my hydrangea leaves. I go out each morning when it’s still wet and dewy and pluck them off by hand. After a few seasons of doing this, I see very few slugs anymore. I call it ‘slug hunting’, gross but necessary.
- Cut sweet pea blooms almost daily to promote more blooms
- Pinch fuchsias
Most of this information is from my personal gardening experiences in coastal Southern California. I refer to these basic ‘Monthly To Do’s’ as a basic guide as well as my garden journal notes. They are always evolving and continually updated.
I have also compiled some of this information from these highly recommended sources such as: Green Thumb Nursery, OC Register (Home & Garden section), Rogers Gardens (Ron Vanderhoff’s monthly checklists are extremely detailed), Sunset magazine, UCCE Master Gardeners of Orange County and Pat Welsh’s ‘Southern California Gardening’ book (this book is a must have)!