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PAGE 10 MARCH 2012


march Best days according to Moon phases. Best plant g da


est p a ting days Above g ound crops


e ground crops . . .


Root crops . . . . . . . . . . . . Seed beds . . . . . . . . . . . . Kill plant pests . . . . . . . . .


Best fishing days


 Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4, 30-31  Good . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8, 12-13, 19, 21-22  Fair: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-6, 9-11, 17-18, 20, 25-27  Poor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1, 14-16, 23-24, 28-29


Best days to do other stuff Begin diet to gain weight . . . . . . . . . . . .


2-4, 22, 25-27, 30-31 9-13, 17-18, 21 2-4, 12-13, 30-31 19-20


2 4 22 25 27 30 31


Folksy Tips, Hints & Wisdom FOR FARM, HOME AND GARDEN


Get busy, gardeners Prepare your landscape for spring


landscape and vegetable garden get off to a good start. T 7, 25


Begin diet to lose weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 20 Begin logging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15-16 Breed animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-12 Make sauerkraut, can, or pickle . . . . . . . 11-12 Cut hair to discourage growth . . . . . . . . 9-10 Cut hair to encourage growth . . . . . . . .


Cut hay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Destroy pests and weeds . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22-23 Go camping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


13-14


Go to the dentist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-8 Graft or pollinate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4, 30-31 Harvest above ground vegetables . . . . 7, 25-26 Harvest below ground vegetables . . . . 15-16 Plant above ground vegetables . . . . . . . 3-4, 30-31 Plant below ground vegetables . . . . . . . 11-12 Prune to discourage growth . . . . . . . . . . 13-14 Prune to encourage growth . . . . . . . . . .


Quit smoking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 20 Set posts or pour concrete . . . . . . . . . . .


5-6, 23-24 15-16


Start projects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Wean animals and children . . . . . . . . . . . 11, 20


—from the Old Farmer’s Almanac 6, 25-26


 LANDSCAPING After camellias and azaleas finish blooming, fertilize them with 2 to 3 pounds of azalea-camellia fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed area.


Check the mulch underneath azalea, camellia and other shrubs. Add more where needed, using organic mulches such as pine needles, pine bark or cypress bark.


Begin fertilizing roses every four to six weeks from now until September. You also need to begin a spray program for controlling blackspot on roses. Uncontrolled blackspot will defoliate most hybrid tea, grandiflora and floribunda roses, causing them to decline in vigor.


VEGETABLES Last freeze dates will guide you as to when it should be safe


to plant frost-tender vegetables and annuals. Just be ready to protect frost-sensitive plants in case of a late freeze.


Plant cool season vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, seed carrots, collards, mustard greens, lettuce, radish, turnips, Swiss chard and spinach. Summer vegetables can be sown and transplanted later in March. Delay planting okra, sweet potatoes, and peppers until April since they don’t do well in cool soil.


FERTILIZING


Fertilize vegetables about a month after growth starts with nitrogen fertilizer.


Fruit and pecan trees should be fertilized this month with nitrogen applied in the area beneath the ends of the branches, never against the trunk. Shrubs and annual flower beds can be fertilized with a complete, balanced fertilizer. Slow-release formulations, though slightly more expensive, feed your plants over a longer period of time. Often the same type of fertilizer recommended for use on the lawn can be used in the landscape.


Watch for aphids that rapidly build up on tender new growth. They can be controlled with a sharp stream of water, insecticidal soap or other insecticides Be sure to read the product label before applying any treatment.


he mild winter may cause many gardeners to anticipate an early spring. Only Mother Nature knows for sure what may come. In the meantime, use any mild days in March to accomplish a few basic tasks to ensure your


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