Sage Hill Gardens

March Is Here!

March is here at last and the gardens all around the country are waking from the long winter rest. In the south this is the time we start getting little peeks of green here and there, early blooms of Forsythia, Tulip Magnolia, some fruiting trees and the promise of more to come!

In my Herb gardens I have rosemary, thyme's, oregano, parsley, chives, dill, mints, lemon balm, comfrey, echinacea, garlic, spring onions, lettuce, and Sage, all just waiting to welcome spring! Ooh, but March is fickle, just when we think it has settled into nice warm days and all the cold is finally over...wham....a heavy frost. So, patience is a must if you wish to keep Jack Frost from having your beautiful plants for breakfast.

I use March to get acquainted with my gardens and my landscape again. Walk it, get the feel of all the low and high spots. Maybe decide where you will put that special bed of something new you haven't grown before. Add a fresh layer of compost to the beds and replenish any and all staples you will need for a successful start.

A little note to remember about growing herbs, they do not require a lot of pampering, in fact, the less you tend them the better they will be. Just give them good basic soil (compost) a fair amount of water (don't over water) herbs do not require as much water as vegetable plants do. Seldom if ever do they benefit from fertilizing ...a mix of garden soil and compost is all they need to flourish.

Melons are on the 'add to' list this year at Sage Hill...

March is the month to prune so by the 15th and don't be shy in taking them down to about about 12" from ground level if shrub'll have stronger and healthier flowers and less issues.

Begin fertilizing with a good mix designed for roses on the 1st of April once a week until they start to bloom...Do Not fertilize after blooming begins. Roses also do not like wet water carefully and only when you know the ground is dry. (Very important to not water the foliage on roses)

A really big issue in a healthy garden is how we water...Please, do not water from above...the soil and root is where the water is needed, not the foliage. Early morning is the best watering time... late in the evening leaves the plants damp and insects flock to them for the moisture, also invites moldy leaves, stem, and damaged produce/fruit.

Are you planting asparagus or rhubarb crowns this spring? Do so under the New Moon...27th of March... Know the age of the crowns you are planting with both, this determines how soon you will get the first harvest.

Most crowns found on the open market will be year old you must allow at least 2 and preferable 3 years for the bed to get established before harvesting the spears.

Each year they will multiply and within a span of 3 years you will have an abundance of asparagus spears to feast on!! Average yield is 6.5 pounds per plant in a season.

Sage Hill has been bombarded with questions as to where our new president, Donald Trump and his administration stand on the food crisis in our country and the world...mainly the questions are about the GMO seed and labeling issues.

There is so much to share, I simply would not know where to start without overlooking something more important...

The one single source I trust to stay informed is here
Any question you may have, you will find it addressed here. There is no information there I would question, it is from highly qualified, in the know, long time, tested/proven over and over avenues of factual information. My education in the field of safe and healthy food/environment/lifestyles...I owe to Organic Consumers in large part.

I will say this...I'm not pleased on some of the moves this administration has made in the agricultural arena...however, I know there is no one single fix, we really are between a rock and a hard place (an old saying from my papa) meaning damned if we do and damned if we don't! So, you read and decide where it fits in the overall scheme of things. (back to the rock and the hard place)

Do You Know?
SPRING ONIONS are simply regular onions that have yet to mature into a full, round bulb. They are generally milder than mature onions but can be used pretty much the same way. Outside the U.S., the term spring onion refers to what we know as scallions or green onions. But they’re two different relatives: green onions never develop a round bulb, while spring onions do. These young pups are fantastic roasted whole or used in salsas and salads raw.

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Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144

All things considered....I look forward to a "Happy Spring!" filled with Hope and Knowing....
There is a higher power and it is at attention, chart your course and accept the guidance.