Turns out I did not have to spray pesticides last weekend. I discovered that the pest that was eating my brassicas was Gallus domesticas. Gallus domestica is a large flying garden pest that is more commonly known as “the chicken”. While my chickens have scratched things up a bit in the garden, they have never eaten the foliage of the brassica. Guess they were looking to expand their palate. This weekend I will be replanting broccoli again (as I caught them eating the transplants I bought last weekend). Below are some more things you can do in your garden this weekend.
- Plant Sugar Snap Peas – Now is a great time to plant the American version of English peas. Sugar Snaps are kind of like rye grass. Plant them when day and night temperatures are about 20 degrees apart. Sugar Snaps vine so be sure to plant on some type of support. I grow mine on cattle panels. However, they will grow over any type of support you supply
- Plant root crops from seed –. Now is a good time to plant root crops like beets, turnips, rutabagas, carrots, daikon, parsnip and radish. Beets, turnips and radish mature very quickly so you can get in several crops between now and April. Carrots, daikon and parsnip mature more slowly.
- Plant leeks and garlic – Now is a good time to plant garlic and leeks. I have some heirloom “Old German” leeks I will be planting this weekend
- Plant artichokes and spring blooming lavender now – Lavender and artichokes are perrinials. Because of that they will both reward you with beautiful flowers and edible parts for years If you don’t already have these plants get some and get them in the ground now.
- Fertilize blooming plants now – Right now my yard is bursting with color. Cannas, lantana, bulbs, zinnia, cockscomb, bachelor buttons and roses are all blooming profusely. Feed with compost tea or other organic fertilizers and compost. If using blended fertilizer apply 1 cup per ten fet of bed of a fertilizer with low N and high P and high K. Something like a 10-20-10 is ideal.
- Water fall blooming bulbs – Right now I have spider lilies, lycoris aurea and oxbloods up. Theie blooms last only a few days. Keep the bulbs well watered to extend the blooms for a couple of days.
TREES and SHRUBS
- Plant trees and shrubs now – Now is the absolute best time to plant ornamental trees and shrubs. Last year I planted two Empire Live Oaks for nationally known decorator Holly Mathis. Check out the post we did that explains how to properly plant all trees and shrubs. One more thing, at this time of year many nurseries will have things like Vitex, crepe myrtles and wax myrtles marked down. Visit your local nursery and look for deals.