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Star Staff Report
The Star

Gulf County Master Gardeners will hold their next “Ask a Master Gardener” clinic 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. The clinic will be at the Port St. Joe Extension office at 502 E. 4th Street.

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 these twice-monthly Saturday clinics. Master Gardeners will be happy to answer gardening questions or help solve your plant problems.