Plants & Pests with Nicole

March 2023

Upcoming Events:

Master Gardener Training:

Tuesdays in Beatrice now through March 14th. 6:30-8pm

Wednesdays in Wilber now through March 22nd.1-2:30pm

Fridays in Beatrice on, March 3rd, and March 17th 1-3pm

Live & recorded Zoom options are available for all classes.

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification training dates: March 2nd & March 21st.

KWBE Radio Interview - April 10th at 8:30am

Yard and Garden Live:

  • April 14th-July 28th
  • Fall Episodes September 8 & 15
  • Airs weekly on Friday mornings from 10-11:30 am on KUTT 99.5FM

Spring is (NOT) Here???

Don’t get too excited on warm days, avoid too much garden cleanup now, winter is not over yet. Wait to clean off garden beds until spring is really around to stay, that leaf litter left from last year protects the plant from very cold temperatures.

Removing that early can expose the plant to colder temperatures and cause damage. Roses should not be pruned back until mid to late April. If we prune them back too soon and we get a late frost, it could lead to winter desiccation on the canes.

Once we hit the later April timeframe, you can start cleaning up your garden beds more, but for now, leave them for more protection through the rest of the winter.

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*Starting Seeds Indoors*

Early to mid-March is the time to start those transplant seedlings indoors to be planted outdoors in May. Make sure that these are placed in a fairly warm location that gets plenty of sunlight, or artificial light. Seedlings need 12-16 hours of light each day, so you will probably have to use a workbench light or some other form of artificial light for them. The light should be kept about 1 inch above the plants and moved up as the plants grow.

Make sure that they stay well-watered, but not too wet. Use good soil or a soil-less mixture that you can get from any of the box stores or garden centers.

The best way to start these are either in the growing cell trays or peat pots, you could also just put some soil in disposable cups with a hole punched in the bottom and plant the seeds in there.

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