Preparing your Pocono Garden In March for summer blooms and fall harvests.
Now is the time to begin working on your Pocono Garden to get the best results from your flowers, vegetables, and shrubs this summer. “There is nothing so fulfilling as seeing the fruits of your labors bloom beautifully and taste like Heaven!” - Me
Get your seeds started for your warm weather veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc) indoors now. Oh! There is nothing like the taste of a vine grown tomato. Find some great tips at this Weekend Gardener website
For best results in your Pocono Garden, take a sample of your soil (once the ground is dry - probably closer to the end of the month for most of us Pocono residents depending on the weather of course) to your local Penn State Extension office This link will give you how to get your soil test kit ($9) and instructions are included in the kit. Very helpful.
Several plants can tolerate light frost and can be planted early, as soon as the ground is workable. These include, but are not limited to peas, potatoes, rhubarb, asparagus and onions. We started asparagus and rhubarb two years ago in our garden and are hoping to get some harvestable shoots from these this year. I love strawberry/rhubarb pie!
Once the evening temperatures begin to remain in the 30’s in your Pocono Garden you can start removing your winter mulch from your roses, azaleas, and such however be prepared for a cold snap and recover them. I usually wait for a few weeks until I am sure but sometimes this is not the best practice. Keep those spring blooming bulbs like your crocus, daffodils, and tulips covered. This is also a good time to clean up the dead leaves and blooms of those flower beds that you did not get to last fall. I do have a couple of these and now that the snow is off of them they are driving me crazy. I cannot wait to get them cleaned up.
Now is the time, as soil conditions are ready, to plant your new trees and shrubs. I have a few I would like to get in this spring. I want some summer flowering shrubs this year. Last fall we added a few spring flowering shrubs and I would like to keep that beauty going throughout the summer without having to plant a lot of annuals. (gets to be too expensive).
Once the temperatures in the Poconos have been in the 60’s for 4 or 5 days you can get your Spring Fertilizer on your Pocono Lawn. The best thing about getting the fertilizer on the lawn early is using a two-job fertilizer. One that fertilizes and prevents weeds before they start. We never seem to get ours on early enough. The darn dandelions and crab grass plague me all summer. This year is going to be different! (I hope)
Follow this link to view the Plant Hardiness Map to confirm your area. Most of us are now 6a but some will be 6b and times may vary so check the map to be sure and there are other helpful resources on this site too.
Another site I like for info of course is Pinterest but if you are not on Pinterest yet, try this site Pennsylvania Gardener
Good Luck and Happy Gardening!
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