This is the month I start to get really excited about the gardening season. We are able to get outside to finish our garden, clean up, and plant some of our favorite cool season crops. Cool-season crops include plants like lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale, broccoli and many others that prefer cool weather. The last average frost date in our area is May 10th. Use this date as a guide to protect any warm season veggies you planted by using walls of water, hot caps or other protection. Warm season veggies include tomatoes, squash, etc. and will be damaged by frost or stunted by very cool temps. Remember that soil temperature is just as important as air temperature.If the soil is too cool, plant growth may be affected for the remainder of the season. Peppers are especially sensitive to cool soil temperatures.

March at D&B makes us think of Chick Days. This happens at the beginning of the month from March 9th through the 13th. Nutrena is providing free chicken classes at many D&B stores which have been very popular with folks looking to begin keeping chickens or expanding their flocks. Check out the schedule of classes on the website, blog.mydbsupply.com, and look for free chick classes. Gretchen Anderson has a fantastic blog on the D&B website that will answer any chicken question you might have. Take advantage of this site! You won’t be sorry.

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The D&B Garden Show is going to be full of great information in March! In anticipation of Chick Days, on March 5th, I’ll visit with Gretchen Anderson about chicken varieties. People want to know who they are inviting into their gardens, so this is one of the most common questions that people have about chickens. Gretchen will also share essential information about bringing chickens home. From coops to cracked corn, we’ll learn what we need to know about getting started.

On March 12th I’ll be visiting with popular garden columnist Margaret Lauterbach about what she’s doing now to get ready for the growing season. We’ll talk about seed starting and new varieties you might want to try. She’ll also offer up some ideas on how to offer spring protection to plants we have in our gardens now. Nothing is more maddening than losing a new plant to frost when it could have been easily prevented.

On the 19th of March, Melinda Jean Stafford will give us lots of good seasonal information about bee hives and what we should be on the look-out for. If you have established hives she’s got the most current information about what we should be doing now and if you’re thinking about starting a new hive, we’ll talk about that, too.

On the 26th, we’ll officially be almost a week into spring! I’ll be sharing seasonal tips, reminding you of winter garden chores that should be finished up, talking about house plants and, as always, answering your garden questions!

Join me Saturday mornings from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on 580 KIDO, where we’ll spend an hour together talking about gardening! Call with your garden questions, 888-580-5436, I’d love to visit with you!