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Spring Gardening Tips

 

Northeast Region

  • Re-pot houseplants so they will grow well during spring and summer.
  • Plant deciduous trees and shrubs as soon as the ground is workable.
  • Prune fruit trees until spring buds swell. Maple and birch should not be pruned until they leaf out. Choose a day above freezing if possible, as it is easier on you as well as on the tree.
  • Dormant spraying for fruit trees should be done before spring growth begins. Choose a calm day when temperatures are above 40 degrees F, and be sure to cover all sides of the branches.
  • Resist the temptation to uncover spring-flowering plants such as daffodils and tulips. Mulch may be loosened, but the shoots will still benefit from protection against cold, drying winds.
  • Be sure that flats and pots used for starting seed are perfectly clean. You can sterilize with a solution of 10 percent bleach and 90 percent water.
  • Water newly started seedlings carefully. A pitcher may let the water out too forcefully. A mist sprayer is gentle but can take a long time. Try using a meat basting syringe, which will dispense the water effectively without causing too much soil disruption.
  • Sow peas outdoors, even if it's snowy! The earlier they mature, the sweeter they'll be. Sow them as soon as the soil can be worked, but save some for a later planting as well. Choose a location that gets maximum sun.
  • Spread dark plastic intended for mulch out over the garden site to hasten the warming of the soil. This will provide for earlier and better germination.
  • Keep plastic milk jugs or other coverings on hand to protect the flowers of pansies, crocuses, and other early bloomers against the return of severe weather.
  • Start seedlings of annuals in flats -- aster, larkspur, alyssum, snapdragons, and petunias should be started now (or 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost date in your area). If summer season is short, zinnias should be started now. They will need to be potted up in individual pots after 4 to 5 weeks.
  • Start some vegetables in flats inside under lights: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, and lettuce are good choices. Use moistened seed-starting mix. Fertilize when two sets of leaves have grown.
  • A peck of March dust and a shower in May, Makes the corn green and the fields gay.
  • Start seeds of some herbs in flats indoors, such as basil, parsley, sage, and thyme. Once the seeds germinate, place the plants under grow lights for 14 hours a day (timers make this easy) and keep soil moist.
  • Knowing when to start seeds in time for outdoor planting can be confusing. See packet instructions and also consult our Best Dates to Seed chart at www.Almanac.com/PlantingTable.
  • Ideally, seeds need 70 to 75 degrees F temperatures to germinate, and 60 to 65 degrees F temperatures to grow.
  • Plant seeds in a soil-less growing mix. Soil can cause disease.
  • Prune evergreen and summer-flowering trees and shrubs. Prune spring-flowering shrubs only after they finish blooming.
  • Remove any leaves and debris from your lawn.
  • Remove suckers from fruiting trees.
  • If you have roses, slowly unwrap and remove protective mulch to awaken them.

 

Featured Land For Sale By Owner

Wilder Acres Tract 1C
SOLD
Wilder Acres Tract 1C Wilder, Tennessee

4.25 Acres - Nice sized lot with power and water on a gravel road in Wilder, TN

$24,900
Bear Valley - Tract 2
Bear Valley - Tract 2 Sevierville, Tennessee

Bear Valley lot 2 is a .884 acre lot located in Sevierville,TN. This property has a septic system for a 1 bedroom. This property is very hilly and has mountain views. Located on a dead end road in (...)

$29,700
Wilder TN with creek
Wilder TN with creek Wilder, Tennessee

6.43 Acres - Hilly land with creek flowing through property.

$34,900
Falcon Crest Tract 3
Falcon Crest Tract 3 Gurley, Alabama

3.95 Acres - Nice mountain land off of Blowing Cave Rd with awesome bluff views. Build your dream house on this Alabama owner financed land and have views that will make your friends jealous! Just (...)

$114,900
White Water Paradise 33 Acres
White Water Paradise 33 Acres Deer Lodge, Tennessee

33.93 Acres - Huge chunk of East Tennessee acreage for sale by owner with many water features and great privacy.

$219,100
Lonesome Valley Tract 7
SOLD
Lonesome Valley Tract 7 Tazewell, Tennessee

5 Acres - Hill side East TN land for sale by owner with some nice flat land near the road that would be good for an RV. It would be pretty easy to get an RV onto this land and use it as a home base (...)

$26,900
Falcon Crest Tract 2
Falcon Crest Tract 2 Gurley, Alabama

3.03 Acres - Perfect land for a dream home. Build a cantilevered deck off of the bluff and have an entertaining capability that no one else could match. Treat your guests to views like they've never (...)

$89,500
Sugar Island - Tract D
Sugar Island - Tract D Sugar Island, Michigan

9.93 Acres on Sugar Island, Michigan - Land in a very secluded location with road frontage.

$29,700
Grimsley Hills Tract 28
Grimsley Hills Tract 28 Grimsley, Tennessee

Residential and or Commercial Tract with frontage on US-127, home of the Worlds Longest Yard Sale. Have your business and your home on the same property!

$37,700
White Creek Acres
White Creek Acres Deer Lodge , Tennessee

White Creek Acres is a gated community located along the rolling hills of the Cumberland Plateau. This restricted 5.75 acre tract has over 100 feet of road frontage at the end of a road that ends in (...)

$59,500
Beech Knob 43 Acre Tract
Beech Knob 43 Acre Tract Gurley, Alabama

43.72 Acres - Large piece of owner financed land right outside of Huntsville Alabama with two small waterfalls and a cavern.

$103,700
4.6 acres Collinwood TN
4.6 acres Collinwood TN Waynesboro, Tennessee

Lots of road frontage on state hwy, possible commercial location.

$29,700
5 acres with small stream $208 per month
5 acres with small stream $208 per month Twinton, Tennessee

NO BUILDING RESTRICTIONS! and $208 per month for 5+ acres with small stream in a VERY secluded location.

$27,100
Huntsville Alabama Bluff Lot!
Huntsville Alabama Bluff Lot! Huntsville, Alabama

Location Location Location and Views Views Views

$89,900
Bailey Hollow Tract 6
Bailey Hollow Tract 6 Tazewell, Tennessee

Breathtaking views of the mountains!

$35,300