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  • March garden tips & tasks

    If your fescue lawn looks a little skimpy, overseed early this month. Fescue grows best when the weather is still cool.

    Clip dead stems from perennial herbs – thyme, sage, lavender, rosemary. Pruning encourages vigorous new growth.

    Prune nandinas, flowering quince and other airy shrubs by reaching in and removing about a third of the branches at ground level.

    Remove mulch or leaves that may be covering perennials in garden beds.

    Prepare a new garden bed: Have the soil tested (check with your county’s Extension service). Remove grass and dig or till soil 8 to 10 inches deep and mix with soil amendments and organic matter to improve drainage.

    Add fertilizer lightly to perennials as soon as you see new growth. Too much fertilizer may result in lanky growth.

    Herb transplants that don’t mind cool weather -- parsley, cilantro, sage, oregano – can go in the ground now.

    When you cut daffodils to bring inside, cut the stems at an angle and place them in water right away. Change the water in the vase daily to keep them fresh longer.

    Save the date - Middle Tennessee garden events

    The Perennial Plant Society's annual Plant Sale will be April 8, opening at 9 a.m. at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The sale offers newly released and hard-to-find perennials from top local nurseries -- more than 450 varieties of perennials, vines, grasses, shrubs and annuals. The event supports local scholarships for Tennessee horticulture students and monthly gardening programs, open to the public, at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. For information visit www.ppsmtn.org.

    The Herb Society of Nashville's annual Herb Sale will be April 29, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at The Fairgrounds Nashville. The sale will offer heirloom vegetables, rare varieties of perennial and annual herbs, handmade pottery herb markers and more. To learn more, visit herbsocietynashville.org.

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The Library

New and noteworthy books for gardeners

Month by Month book* Month-By-Month Gardening in Tennessee & Kentucky, by Judy Lowe, published by Cool Springs Press, $24.99.

 

 

 

Gardening Step By Step: Easy to follow advice for great results

DK Publishing. Hardback. $25.00

 

 

Continuous Container Gardens: Swap In the Plants of the Seasons to Create Fresh Designs Year- Round

By Sara Begg Townsend & Roanna Robbins

Storey Publishing. $19.95.

Garden Library Favorites

* Guide to Tennessee Vegetable Gardening, by Walter Reeves & Felder Rushing. Published by Cool Springs Press.

* The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual: Essential Know-how for Keeping (Not Killing!) More than 160 Indoor Plants, by Barbara Pleasant. Published by Storey Publishing.

* The Southern Living Garden Book, by the Garden Editors at Southern Living Magazine, published by Oxmoor House.

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