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Originally posted in the Dayton Daily News. GARDENING
This has been a long, unpredictable, wet winter. Thank goodness spring is in sight, Thursday March 19th will be the first day of spring. With this being said, it’s time to start thinking about planning vegetable gardens. If starting a new garden, soil testing the site where the garden will go is a good idea. If it is an existing garden and the soil has never been tested, now would be a good time to think about testing it. Your local OSU Extension office can help you with soil testing.
Amy Stone, Extension Educator- Originally posted on the Buckeye Yard and Garden onLine
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The nights are cooler. The days are shorter. Vegetables in the garden are looking peaked, and summer flowers are turning brown.
“A typical consumer looks at it as, ‘Oh, winter is coming, let’s give up gardening.’ That’s not necessarily so,” said Daniel Struve, an Ohio State horticulturalist emeritus. In fact, he recommends fall for planting many trees, shrubs, grass and flower bulbs and even fall flowers for some late color.
Sean Barnes, a horticulturist at Ohio State’s Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens, agrees — noting that trees and shrubs benefit from a chance to get their roots established before the stress of a hot, dry summer.
They shared their tips for making the most of fall planting.
Are you planting trees and shrubs?
Warm fall soils promote root growth. “They really are active; you just can’t see it,” Struve said.
There are exceptions.
Originally posted in Fine Gardening Magazine
By: Renee Shepherd
Sow these annuals at the right time and give them plenty of drainage and air circulation
For me, sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus cvs.) are the most exquisite of annual flowers. These gorgeous old-fashioned vines bloom for about a month in spring. The long-stemmed sprays of fluted and ruffled blossoms produce an irresistible medley of fragrances that reminds me of jasmine and orange blossoms. A bouquet of scented sweet peas literally perfumes a room.