March

 

Sweet Peas

Spring is in the air, and it’s a fabulous time to get out there and plant!

Blooming:

  • Sweet peas
  • Azaleas
  • California natives

Plant:

  • 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
  • Avocados
  • Citrus

Maintenance:

  • 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

Fertilize:

  • Fuchsias
  • Citrus
  • Roses

 

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)!

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