Be sure to visit the Purdue Extension Master Gardener "Plant Info to Go" display at the Indiana Flower and Patio Show, March 9-17, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. We'll be located in the Exposition Hall, across from the Homestead Garden.
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Start garden seeds indoors for transplanting outdoors later in spring.
Check stored bulbs and produce for decay; discard damaged items.
Prune, repot and clean houseplants as needed.
Plant new trees and shrubs as soon as soil dries enough to be worked. Plant bare-root plants before they leaf out.
Fertilize woody plants before new growth begins, but after soil temperatures have reached
Remove winter coverings from roses as soon as new growth begins. Prune and fertilize as needed.
Apply superior oil spray to control scale insects and mites when tips of leaves start to protrude from buds.
Gradually harden off transplants by setting them outdoors during the daytime for about a week before planting.
Follow last fall's soil test recommendations for fertilizer and pH adjustment. It's not too late to test soil if you missed last year.
Start seeds of warm-season vegetables and flowers indoors; in northern and central Indiana, wait until the end of March or early April. Transplant to the garden after danger of frost is past.
Watch for blooms of early spring bulbs, such as daffodils, squill, crocus, dwarf iris and snowdrops.
Remove old asparagus and rhubarb tops, and sidedress the plants with nitrogen or manure. Plant or transplant asparagus, rhubarb and small fruit plants.
Remove winter mulch from strawberry beds as soon as new growth begins, but keep the mulch nearby to protect against frost and freezes.
Remove weak, diseased or damaged canes from raspberry plants before new growth begins. Remove old fruiting canes if not removed last year, and shorten remaining canes if necessary.