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Billie Parish, Butte County Master Gardener, March 13, 2015
Spring is around the corner, which means it is time to plant. Starting from seed can be a gratifying and economical way to grow many edibles and ornamentals, but choosing seeds can be confusing. Do you want a black tomato or a striped tomato? Organic? Heirloom? Hybrid? What is the difference?
The definition of ‘heirloom' is not always agreed upon—some say an heirloom variety must be at least fifty years old, some say it should be older. But generally speaking, an heirloom seed comes from a plant variety that passed on through several generations within a family or community. Read more about Choosing Seeds: Hybrid and Heirloom
What's going on in March
Propagating Plants (Reservations Required)
March 10, 10-11:30am
Tomatoes: From Seed to Pot (Reservations Required)
March 14, 10-11:30am
Composting and Vericomposting (worms)
March 14, 10:00am
Chico Farmers' Market
March 21, 7:30am to 12:30pm
Downtown Chico Municipal Parking Lot 2nd St. & Wall St.
Raised Bed Gardening (Reservations Required)
March 18, 10-11:30am
Getting Started with Back Yard Chickens (Reservations Required)
March 21, 10-11:00am
Drip Irrigation (Reservations Required)
March 28, 10-11:30am
March 28, 10:00am
Gardening Tips for March
- Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries with slow-release fertilizer when spring growth begins.
- Cultivate and pull weeds.
- Fertilize citrus and deciduous fruit trees.
- Check roses for aphids; control with a strong spray of water or insecticidal soap.
- Spray apricots with a fungicide as flowers open to prevent brown rot.
- Cut back, divide, and fertilize herbs.
- Prepare beds for planting by spading in compost.
- Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs and trees after bloom.
- Fertilize cool-season lawn grasses (bent, blue, rye, and fescue).
- Fertilize camellias at the end of bloom. Try using composted, or well-aged manure.
- Check irrigation system and perform maintenance.
Visit or Call the Hotline
Or, drop by the Butte County Cooperative Extension Office
2279-B Del Oro Avenue
Oroville, CA 95965
Catch us in person at local Farmers’ Markets or at one of our informational booths. Check out where we'll be on the Events page.
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