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Gulf garden news: Master clinics

Star Staff Report
The Star

Gulf County Master Gardeners will again hold two Saturday “Ask a Master Gardener” clinics in March – the first Saturday and the second on March 21. The clinics will be at the Port St. Joe Extension office at 502 E. 4th Street from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

As we head into March, many folks are eager to get new flowers and summer vegetables in the ground. North Florida can still get frosty weather this month, so it may be wise to wait a little or be ready to cover tender young plants if it gets cold. Here are a few things that can be done in March:

• Clean up dead vegetation and weeds

• Prune azaleas when they have finished blooming and other shrubs when new growth begins

• Fertilize palms, azaleas, camellias and other ornamental shrubs if needed

• Check your irrigation system for problems before you begin using it

• At the end of the month, begin planting warm-season annuals

• Plant dahlia, canna and gloriosa bulbs for spring and summer planting

• Begin planting warm season crops such as beans, tomatoes, squash and corn for late spring harvest (Be sure to protect from frost!)

Source: North Florida Gardening Calendar http://www.sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu

For more information, stop by the Saturday clinics, Master Gardeners will be happy to answer gardening questions or help solve your plant problems.