Tofino Gardening in March
by Trina Mattson, Tofino
Well Manure, who would‚ve believed this last February past by
with little to no rain.
I mean yeah it was still cold, especially in the shade, actually frozen
by several layers, you can see how an ice age could form, but the sun
was brilliant all the while. And yet how cold was it really? Well I
had a good 3” layer of ice on my pond, which gives a new meaning
to the words ice fishing. Anyway on to the business of gardening.
Survey says it is going to be a hot dry summer, now I don’t profess
to be Mother Nature by any means, but if it’s anything like last
summer, we had better prepare, and putting a layer of mulch on your
gardens is one of the easiest and best ways to help conserve watering,
reduce weeding, and as the mulch breaks down it can add beneficial
nutrients to your soil, now I know I am repeating myself, and I bet
I do that more often than not, and those that know me can probably
testify to it. But as MS says it’s a GOOD THING.
At this point with the ground semi frozen we’ve found that weeding
seems to be easier, wait about an hour after the sun hits the ground
and the weeds just seem to pop right into your hands with very little
Deadhead any tulips and daffodils that have finished flowering, but
leave on the greens to yellow and wilt down, don’t pull them
off until then.
We keep basic track every year, and has anyone else noticed that some
plants are about one month ahead of themselves for blooming and showing
new growth, and I even had several bees in my heather mid February.
March is fertilizing Mania Month, anything that didn’t get a
hit of go-go grow in February should have some in March. As well as
lime for the gardens and lawns, keeping care not to get any on the
acid loving plants.
For a bright spot of colour by the front door, try a planter of bright
tulips or daffodils, mixed in with some primroses. When they finished
flowering just put it off to the side somewhere so you won’t
forget about it, and then transplant it into the garden when you have
Seeding can start pretty much anytime now, as well as planting up
those summer flowering bulbs like dahlias and gladiolas etc.
Blossoms worth a mention for March:
Clematis armandii, although I see some in bloom in February this
Prunus nigra pretty in pink, heather always a favourite, primroses
bright and beautiful, spring flowering perennials, gotta get me some
of those, pieris japonica from white to shades of pink and red, tulips
and daffodils of course.
Well I must get back to planting, although I think a fresh cup of
coffee and a muffin bout now sounds pretty good, as I contemplate
how to turn my garden into a lush tropical eden.
Trina Mattson runs the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino.
Tofino gardening tips for March 2005 by Trina Mattson from the Ordinary Corner Nursery in Tofino for Tofino Time magazine.