Palms in the Dust: MLT gardening suggestions for March 2022 — and a seed swap Saturday

Screen Shot 2022 03 01 at 10.03.24 AMIt kind of feels like March is arriving on a wave with all of the rain we have experienced the very last several days. It is a bit soggy out there! But the superior news is that crocuses and daffodils are commencing to bloom. I have a emotion spring will be listed here as shortly as this storm passes by us. Or it’s possible the storm immediately after that. Or the just one just after that…

First the fun stuff: The planting! Lettuce, spinach, and mustard seed can all be sown outside below cover, or transplanted out effectively now. Lettuce seeds sown thickly can deliver a great harvest of child greens when it is time to slender. Afterwards in the thirty day period, beets can correctly be sown in the backyard garden, and St. Patrick’s Day is a good reminder to plant potatoes. I generally plant seeds all around President’s Day, but made the decision to wait a bit with our funky chilly then wet weather. They can be sown any time now, indoors or out.

It is also time to get the seed commencing gear set up. Broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chard and kale can all be commenced indoors all thirty day period. Kale and chard may well sprout if sown outside, but will get a head start off if begun indoors for a few weeks just before transplanting. Tomatoes and peppers can be sown in March. Peppers are additional delicate to cold and could want to be coddled indoors for a few months extended than tomatoes, but thanks to their sluggish development, I have a tendency to plant them both at the exact same time or even earlier than tomatoes.

I say it each and every year, but it’s time to March yourself out to do some weeding. Shelling out 10 minutes weeding now will preserve you hrs of weeding in a thirty day period or two. Just one of the worst offenders at the Bathroom is Shotweed (Cardamine oligosperma), a lower-rising weed with pretty white flowers – which change into minimal rockets that ship small seeds flying all more than the garden at the time the seed pods ripen. This menace has been escalating all winter season, and can established seeds as shortly as March.

Do you have further seeds that you saved previous 12 months, or a packet with only a single or two seeds long gone? Probably a assortment you didn’t love and won’t be planting once again? Bring them to our yearly seed swap and get dwelling new kinds! If you are a rookie or don’t have any seeds to share, you are invited much too. This is a wonderful possibility to decide on up the seeds you need to get began. The Seed Swap will be held at Ballinger Park at the MLT Senior Heart again deck (23000 Lakeview Generate, Mountlake Terrace) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on March 5. Entrance is absolutely free. Note: this party will be outside but under deal with. Please gown to be relaxed in the weather conditions. For extra info, see our Facebook function web site.

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About the Lavatory

BOG logoThe Ballinger Natural and organic Garden is a volunteer-led effort and hard work to acquire a group yard at Ballinger Park. The Bathroom, in partnership with MLT Recreation & Parks and the MLT Senior Heart and funded by a grant from the MLT Group Foundation, is now in “Phase 0” whilst much larger development actions (creek restoration and path set up) are done. Stage involves routine maintenance of the existing raised beds and a backyard garden plot on the south side of the MLT Senior Middle in Ballinger Park. Phase 1 will include installation of a bigger back garden with plots accessible for local community customers to preserve. Want to volunteer, or have an plan of what you want to see in the long run backyard? Remember to enable us know.

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Robyn— By Robyn Rice

Robyn Rice grew up in Japanese Washington, pulling weeds and buying up rotten fruit as dreaded chores assigned by her Learn Gardener father. Currently, Robyn is a fisheries biologist for an environmental consulting firm, and has been gardening in the Seattle space due to the fact 2010. Her science background prospects to infinite investigation about the “correct” way to do points, but her enthusiasm and sense of journey potential customers her to back garden fearlessly for the reason that hey, what is the worst that could happen?




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