Aaron Rivera

There's plenty to be done in the garden this time of year, so don't let "a little" rain distract you from your ultimate mission.  Be it a plentiful vegetable garden, a beautiful lawn, sweet fruit or an eye pleasing landscape, a little preparation now will pay off big when the sun finally decides to shine.

Getting ready to plant primroses
PLANT NOW (Direct seed):

Carrots, beets, broccoli, leeks, parsley, dill, chives, peas, radish, rhubarb, horseradish, onions, spinach, turnips, parsnips, rutabaga, potatoes and lettuce

Veggie Garden

  • Now is a great time to plan your garden.
  • Clean up last year's debris
  • Add at least 2" of well-rotted compost or manure and till in
  • Pull small weeds
  • Monitor soil temperatures

 

Lawn

  • Now is a great time to control for Moss
  • Fertilize, lime and re-seed if weather permits
  • Use a pre-emergent to control 'Poa annua' and broadleaf weeds
  • Treat for European Crane Fly larva
  • Mow!

 

a strawberry plant in a pot ready to plant

Fruit

  • Prune all cane berries, grapes and blueberries
  • Plant strawberries, can berries, blueberries and fruit trees
  • Spray fruit trees for fungal diseases and insects
  • Complete pruning of fruit trees before buds appear

 

Landscape

  • Remove weeds and use at least one weed preventive tactic:  mulch, weed barrier fabric or a pre-emergent herbicide
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs
  • OK to plant anything new -- as long as it's in a container and the soil is dry enough to work
  • Prune early spring flowering shrubs
  • Apply systemic to roses to prevent disease and pests
  • Divide dormant perennials
  • Last chance to move plants that are still dormant
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs, perennials when new growth starts
  • Make plans for new hardscapes such as stepping stones, fencing, and trellises. Maybe even a new water feature!
  • Use moss control on pavement and roofs
  • Bait for slugs

 

Now is an especially good time to scout for pests and disease symptoms.  Early intervention with the least toxic solution, is a great way to start your garden this spring.  When in doubt visit our Growing Guides or give us a call.

 

Learn more from Al's Experts at our complimentary class: What To Do in Your Garden Now: March.
March 11 at 10:00am in Woodburn and Sherwood, and 1:00pm in Gresham

 

 


Al's Gift Buyer Candace gives us a little sneak peek of some of the styles and trends you will see on the runway at our Ladies Night Out event.

 


A delicious variety of asparagus perfect for the Pacific Northwest

 


'Jersey Knight' Asparagus

Al's Grower's Choice brings you select varieties of plants that have been chosen for their taste, hardiness and bloom. They are unique, hand picked plants and vegetables that our growers believe work best in our climate and terrains.

'Jersey Knight' Asparagus on a plate

This week we feature the Jersey Knight Asparagus.

This perennial root and stem vegetable greets us every spring! Whether you like it fresh, steamed, or smothered in Hollandaise sauce, Asparagus is a great choice for your garden this year.

Unlike most vegetables, this perennial asparagus will provide many years of spring produce for your family. Jersey Knight is an all-male variety (male asparagus typically produces better crop yields because they don’t have to expend energy in producing flowers and fruit) that offers cold hardiness and superior disease resistance. Prepare a permanent, well drained spot in your garden for this prolific plant. After harvest, the asparagus produces fern-like foliage that lasts throughout the summer.


Early blooming perennials for you to enjoy from February to summer

 


'Frostkiss' Hellebores in bloom

Al's Grower's Choice brings you select varieties of plants that have been chosen for their taste, hardiness and bloom. They are unique, hand picked plants and vegetables that our growers believe work best in our climate and terrains.

We believe you will have the best success with the Grower's Choice series. Look for more great Grower's Choice plants to come in the months ahead!

'Frostkiss Sally's Shell' Hellebores in a planter'FrostKiss Sally's Shell' Hellebore
image courtesy of Pacific Plug & Liner

This week we feature the FrostKiss Series of Hellebores.

The world of Hellebores is always changing, improving the cutting edge! The new Frostkiss Series is destined to become a garden classic, with blooms varying in color from fosty- pink to bold red or white speckled, just to list a few of our favorites. This deer resistant, easy to grow perennial is a must have for every gardener. Naturally drought tolerant, the Hellebore FrostKiss Series is unique with forward facing flowers on burgundy stems that parade above pink to silver veined leaves. Their glorious blooms open in late winter and last through early spring.