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  • Attend the Spring Open House!
  • Plant cool season veggies (peas, potatoes, salad crops, cole crops...)
  • Apply dormant spray to fruit trees
  • Apply ferti·lome All-Season Crabgrass Preventer with Barricade
  • Plant perennials
  • Seed cool season grass
  • Plant pansies and violas
  • Plant trees and shrubs
  • Apply fert·lome Tree & Shrub Food to existing trees and shrubs

March 7th and 8th
Spring Open House
Minature Garden Seminar at 10:00 am on Saturday March 8th. Make your own minature garden. $15 ea. for class. Call to sign up! Pansy Sale! Stop by for treats and see our new remodel!

April 11th and 12th
Geranium Sale
Geranium and Pink Sale - 4 pack seeded geraniums only $2.99. Wear pink and receive extra savings.

Horticulture Hints

Peas, Potatoes and Pansies

Spring is almost here! And if you are itching to get into the garden there are a few things that you can plant!

Pansies are perfect for this time of the year, to me they are the “Happy Faces of Spring”. They can take a frost and will keep blooming until the heat of the summer. The range of colors is phenomenal and sure to add enjoyment to your spring.

Peas can be planted as soon as the soil temperatures reach 40 degrees. Soak seeds in water to help with germination, and then treat the seeds with inoculants to fix the nitrogen in the soil. It is best to plant peas in north-south rows for the best sun exposure and air circulation. Dig a row about four inches deep and cover your seeds with only an inch of soil. Fill with remaining soil back in as the seedlings begin to emerge. Space seeds one to two inches apart in rows about 30 inches apart. If you are planting the vining varieties, install a trellis for them to climb on. Varieties include sugar snap, garden peas and snow peas, how you will use them will determine which variety you should choose.

It is also time to plant potatoes. Start with disease-resistant certified seed potatoes. Cut into pieces with at least two eyes per piece. Let dry over night. The most popular way to plant potatoes is three to four inches deep, about three feet apart in rows that are 12 inches apart. As they emerge, start “hilling” around the base to encourage tubers to form around the stem.

Other crops you can plant this time of year include cole crops, rhubarb, asparagus, lettuce and radishes.

You can also plant trees and shrubs, once they are in the ground they will do great! Stop the garden store with any questions you have to get your yard going for the spring!

Nancy's Notebook

We all get a bit anxious this time of year when the temperatures reach the 60’s to get out and plant. It is ok to plant certain things but you really need to be careful what you select. Soil temperatures are still very cool, and many plants require warm soils to grow. Soil themometers are available at the garden store, and are a big help with planning your garden planting.

Planting trees, shrubs and most perennials are fine being planted this time of year, so if you want to get out and do some landscaping in the yard you can certainly get started.

In the vegetable garden you can plant the cool season crops, such as cabbage, broccoli, radishes and spinach. On these varieties I recommend that you plant a row then in a couple weeks plant another row so that you will have a continued harvest until temperatures get too warm for production.

We have plenty of bulk seeds to choose from which would be the most economical way to buy seeds for the garden. People always get anxious and want to plant tomatoes and peppers when temperatures are too cool, and without warm weather they will not grow. You will not be the first one on the block with a red tomato if you plant too early. You need to wait until soil temperatures rise and you will be much more successful on having a great crop.

This goes for annual flowers as well, placing them out too early can actually stunt growth and may even cause them to die and then you will just have to replace them again. A reminder for you is that our average frost free date is April 15th, but our frost free date is May 5th. Last year we had snow in May. So always be cautious and listen for frost warnings. Hope to see you at our Spring Open House!

Avery's Additions

Spring Open House is just around the corner! This much loved event will be March 7th and 8th. I will be giving a hands-on seminar on Miniature Gardening. We will talk about soil, pots, plants, and the things that make miniature gardens so magical! The seminar will be $15 and be sure to call the store to sign up! Also, pansies will be $1.99 per six-pack. What a great deal!

Now is the time to start thinking about crabgrass. We recommend a pre-emergent be applied to your lawn such as ferti•lome For All Seasons Lawn Food plus Crabgrass and Weed Preventer. If applied properly, this lawn application will prevent crabgrass and lawn weeds from emerging for up to four months. If your yard had a great deal of crabgrass last year you might consider making a second application in May. We do carry pre-emergent with and with-out fertilizer. Remember, do not use pre-emergent if you are planning on Spring seeding. As always, please call us with all of your lawn and garden care questions!


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Manhattan, KS 66503-9799
Garden Store: (785) 539-2217
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