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March gardening madness

The first weekend in March means it’s time to start planting seeds according to the dates you will be moving them to the garden. 

Most seeds need to be started six weeks before the last frost date.  The following schedule will give you a good idea of how to calculate when to start the seeds and when to direct sow in the garden; and when to get your fall seeds started.

Here are the dates for starting your seeds indoors, transplanting seedlings outdoors and direct sowing. Keep in mind this is for zone 6. Adjust dates to fit your own zone.

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I am sure you see that I only grow most Brassicas in the fall.  That is because we have a lot of issues with the white moth larvae, which the Brassicas attract. It then also creates havoc for my kale.  If I wait until fall to plant the cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli, not only do I have superior produce, the little white moth is not its usual nuisance. 

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“Brassica (/ˈbræsɪkə/) is a genus of plants in the mustard family (Brassicaceae). The members of the genus are informally known as cruciferous vegetables, cabbages, or mustard plants. Crops from this genus are sometimes called cole crops—derived from the Latin caulis, denoting the stem or stalk of a plant.”

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Tip: I grow Kale both seasons, as it is not attractive to the white moth, especially when you plant Nasturtium or Marigold flowers are used for pest control.

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After you get all the spring work done, sit back and watch the lovely veggies grow.  Be sure to keep the beds clean of weeds and any dead leaves etc.  These are the things that attract the insects that like to damage the fruit of your labor.

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A weed is a plant that has mastered every survival skill except for learning how to grow in rows.  Doug Larson, American Journalist

 

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