Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Celebrate a Long Spring in Tucson

Posted By on Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Potted Petunias and Kale at Pastiche
  • Photo by Martha of The Contained Gardener
  • Potted Petunias and Kale at Pastiche
We had a great run of weather last week and except for the wind on Monday and Tuesday, another can be expected this week!

A few thoughts concerning your potted gardens as we roll into March:

1. You want your winter flowers to make it until May. Be sure to apply a water soluble fertilizer every two weeks so that you are keeping them well fed.

2. Be prepared for a March freeze. Average date of the last frost is March 15. Therefore:
~ Do not prune back plants until the danger of frost is over.
~ Do not plant frost tender annuals even though they may be in the nurseries. This includes Marigolds!
They will look sad if the nighttime temperatures fall below 40 and if we have a freeze, they will be history!

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For more information on potted gardens in the desert, visit The Contained Gardener. Have a question? Email Marylee

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