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Week of March 15, 2021

Mount bluebird nesting boxes near the garden.Mount bluebird nesting boxes near the garden.

Avoid pruning maple or birch trees which “bleed” when cut in late winter/early spring.

Pinch back geraniums to encourage bushier growth.

A very easy to grow perennial that will attract a variety of pollinators to the garden is mountain mint (Pycnanthemum spp.). Grown in full sun to partial shade, mountain mint is compact at 1’-3’ high and wide and produces pink flowers in July through September. Hardy in zones 4-8.

As the weather allows, begin picking up sticks and other yard debris.

Start asparagus beds with one-year-old male hybrid plants, called crowns.

Sow seeds of eggplant and peppers indoors for transplanting.

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