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For vegetables and some flowers, now is time to plant

April 04, 2006|by LORI YOUNG

Spring is here and I receive calls daily on what to plant.

If you are growing vegetables, potatoes and onion sets should already be in - or plant them now. Asparagus, carrots, beets, lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower can all be planted this month.

For a complete list of vegetable crop planting dates, please contact me at the Extension office for publication #HG 16, or you can access the fact sheet at www.hgic.umd.edu/_media/documents/publications/planting_dates.pdf

Are you planting flowers?

Pansies are the flowers to plant now. You can also divide your perennials, if you haven't done so yet. Allow spring bulb foliage to yellow and die before cutting the plant back.

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Many daffodils and crocus have already bloomed or are blooming now. The plant will store sugar from the foliage into the bulb, so waiting until all the food is in the bulb before cutting the foliage back will make the bulb hardier.

Wait to plant summer annuals until the soil temperature has risen and the danger of frost is past - usually after Mother's Day. Trees and shrubs can be planted now, too.

Make sure that whatever you plant, it is watered deeply.

Come and learn



Another way to have your questions answered is by attending an "Ask a Master Gardener" Plant Clinic.

The Washington County Master Gardeners were on hand at the 2006 Flower and Garden Show, on March 18 at Hagerstown Community College. They answered 85 questions related to horticulture and the Master Gardener Program.

Master Gardeners provided horticulture knowledge to the community and had a great time, too!

Our next plant clinic will be held at the Washington County Free Library on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have a question about a plant, insect or disease in your landscape, then come down to the library and "Ask a Master Gardener."

Bring a sample, or just come to ask a question. Literature on the next Master Gardener Class will also be available.

Attention, gardeners



Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?

The next Master Gardener Class will be held every Tuesday from Sept. 5 to Nov. 21. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington County Extension office.

If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener in Washington County, then stop by the plant clinic on April 22 or call me at 301-791-1604 for more information.

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