Friday, April 16, 2010
Have you seen those poor, shivering tomato plants out at the garden centers? Or that robust basil freshly yanked from the greenhouse and propped up for you to buy? Yeah, I have too. And I've even seen some of these in your shopping carts, people. I've been tempted to go up to you and tap you on the shoulder, smile a big smile, and in my sweetest voice, suggest you wait until June to put those bad boys out in your garden. But then I'd be the psycho garden lady and that wouldn't be good. Or would it? Hmmmm....
My column today out on the street includes a wonderful visit I had with my friends at the Gay Guys Garden club, and a little ditty on what to do in the garden. To help you out, here's some great ideas of things to be doing in your Portland area garden now....
Yes, it’s too early to put out tomatoes in your garden. I know you may see them in the stores but it’s all a ploy to get you to buy them, kill them, then have to buy them again. It’s also to put out basil, corn and eggplant. I know you’re excited, but just wait. There’s plenty of other things you can get going on now in mid to late April:
• Plant strawberries and other berries
• Set out transplants of lettuce, spinach, broccoli and leafy greens
• Start seeds indoors for hot weather plants like tomatoes, basil and eggplant
• Have you thought about your watering plans for this summer? Get a jump start now to get in those soaker hoses or drip irrigation, and be thankful for a summer not spent tied to the hose.
• And finally, our wet spring is high time for slugs. Check out WorryFree Slug and Snail bait, a safe bait to get those slimy slugs but keep your dogs and children safe.