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Week of March 22, 2021

If planting a clematis in the garden this season is on your to-do list, consider waiting until early to mid-autumn.If planting a clematis in the garden this season is on your to-do list, consider waiting until early to mid-autumn. The temperature of the soil in the upper layers is warm and moist which enables the roots to grow quickly and establish themselves before winter. If you would prefer, the next best time for planting clematis is early to mid-spring.

Cut out oldest stems at ground level to rejuvenate old lilacs and forsythia. 

Got drip irrigation? If not, this is the year to install drip in the vegetable garden. Click here to learn more.

Vigorous lawn raking when the ground is too wet can cause more harm than benefit. 

Do routine body checks for ticks after working outdoors. 

Transplant to larger containers when first set of true leaves appear on vegetable seedlings. 

Lemon thyme is a variety to consider for the herb garden. Offering a slightly citrus flavor, add it to tomato soup, fish, and cream of vegetable soups.


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