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The Neighborhood Gardener – March

Carolina jessamineThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Spring Flower Beds – Spring is an excellent time to freshen up your flower beds. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for planting annuals and perennials for both sun and shade. In your local garden center, look for wax begonias, angelonias, impatiens, zinnias, and periwinkles.
  • Basic Guide for the Backyard Chicken Flock – Have you been thinking about keeping chickens in your backyard? Brooding, housing, types of feed, and descriptions of different breeds are all covered in a new EDIS publication, a basic guide for homeowners.
  • Plant of the Month: Carolina Jessamine – This native vine blooms with fragrant yellow flowers in late winter to early spring, and is lovely to train up fences and trellises. Plant Carolina jessamine in full sun for maximum flowering. Home gardeners may wish to look for the popular double-flowered cultivar ‘Pride of Augusta’ (sometimes known as ‘Plena’) that features a longer blooming season.
  • Master Gardeners Help Restore Mackay Gardens – In 2005, the Master Gardeners of Polk County became involved in a project to help preserve the gardens of the historic Alexander Mackay estate in Lake Alfred. This work continues today and the gardens have become an outdoor classroom where Master Gardeners can put into practice the training they have received.
  • March in Your Garden – Plant summer bulbs, tubers, etc. to ensure great summer color. They’re excellent choices for small areas where your grass won’t grow. Best choices include lilies (blood, crinum, day, rain, and spider), caladiums, cannas, amaryllis, and society garlic.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Armadillo – Since armadillos are mainly nocturnal, not everyone realizes the damage they can inflict on a yard, burrowing into flower beds and lawns for insects and roots. Gardeners who have problems with these odd-looking creatures have a few options for dealing with them.

Read the March issue.

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