Test your soil
You can also plant perennial flowers, shrubs, and trees now. You should use some caution when buying these plants. Some have been raised in the south, or have been in a warm place at your home center. Don’t buy trees and shrubs that have leaf development that is far advanced compared to what you see in your yard. Trees and shrubs can take the cold, but only if they haven’t been tricked to think it is warm already. Remember how you reacted when the temperature dropped from 70 degrees to 25 degrees this past week? Also, if you buy perennial flowers that are already blooming, you may not have any other blooms this season. Some perennial flowers only bloom for one spurt each year.
Gallery: Garden Crossings in Zeeland prepares for spring
If you just have to plant geraniums, petunias, and all the other annual flowers we love in summer now, container gardening is the way to go. If we get some cold nights, we can drag the planters into the garage. You can put the planters out in the sun on most days going forward. If we have a real windy day or a cold one, leave the container in the garage so the plants don’t get beat up. Finnerman puts plywood on a wagon. She puts her plants on the plywood and wheels the wagon outside before she goes to work.
A soil test will tell you necessary information about your soil, so you don’t waste money or limit your crops.
With the winter we just had, you might think we will never be able to plant a garden this year. That is not true. Although we are still about two weeks behind weather-wise, it is time to start playing in the soil.
• There are also transplants at your local greenhouse that are ready to go in the ground now: celery, cabbage, broccoli, and kohlrabi. I wouldn’t plant them when a very cold night is coming the next night. You should have plenty of days great for getting this part of your garden in the ground.
This is always something you can do before the gardening gets really going. A soil test will show you the soil PH, some nutrient levels, organic matter percentage, and other soil aspects. You can buy soil test kits at your local garden center, but a better test is done through your local MSU county extension office. The soil test kit can also be purchased online from the MSU Extension Bookstore. Fertilization recommedations for your soil will be given to you based on what you want to grow in the sampled soil. The cost of the soil test is $25.00 plus shipping and handling fees.
• From seed we can now plant peas, lettuce, parsley, spinach, swiss chard, bok choy, and onion (sets), Rebecca Finneran advises.
Need to garden? 17 things you can plant now in Michigan Gallery: Garden Crossings in Zeeland prepares for spring With the winter we just had, you might think we will never be able to plant a