Warren County Master Gardeners

Promise of Blueberries this Summer

Joelyn James, MG

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful.

                                            ~Abram L. Urban

Things to Do This Month

​         ​​Vicksburg, Mississippi

Tip of the Month   

Sterilizing your pruners between cuts is an important way to keep your plants healthy and disease-free.  Most people use a jar of bleach and water. Use Clorox disinfectant wipes to sterilize your pruners between cuts – no more messy jars and drips on clothing. 

Eastern Redbud Tree with Blooms

on the Trunk

Janis Koestler, MG

  ​​​The world is greening up and the lush beauty of spring in the south is all around us this month.
   After blooming is complete, prune and fertilize spring flowering shrubs such as azaleas and forsythia. 

   Bedding plants can be set out now. 
   Be certain to provide your tender plantings with a slow soaking of water weekly if mother nature does not cooperate. An inexpensive rain gauge will assist you in making the decision to water or not to water.  It is as easy to drown young plants as it is to “dry” them out.
   You can divide chrysanthemums, yarrow, rudbeckia, monarda, hostas, herbs, cannas, four-o’clocks, coreopsis and elephant ears now.  Sharing excess plants with fellow gardeners will allow others to share in the beauty of spring.
   This is a good time to attend plant swaps in your neighborhoods to find tried and true plants that do well in our area.   
   Lima beans, cucumbers, eggplants, watermelons, okra, southern peas, pepper plants, sweet potato plants, summer squash and tomato plants can be planted at the earliest on April 8.   Repair bare grass patches in your lawn or replant large areas using seed or sprigs now. Do this when the average daytime temperature stays above 60 degrees. Pull weeds in the lawn. Try to get out all the plant parts including the roots or tubers. You can spot treat weedy areas with a herbicide that is recommended for your type of lawn.