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To Do List for March

* Plant herbs in pots near the kitchen door

* Plant flowering trees like magnolias, redbud, red maple, flowering cherries, dogwood and silver bell trees.

* Plant flowering vines like confederate jasmine, American wisteria, Caolina jessamine and trumpet honeysuckle.

* Divide and spread perennials.

* Plant veggies: lettuce, beets, zuchinni,summer squash, pumpkin, cucumber, green beans, peas, southern peas, tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, sweet potatoes, celery, okra.

To Do List for February

* Scrub the bird baths and feeders

* Plant new shrubs, blueberries and roses

* Prune non flowering shrubs

* Trim perennials to 6″ from the ground when all danger of frost has past

* Fertilize palms with a 8-4-8 or 8-10-10 organic blend

* Fertilize citrus with a 6-6-6 organic blend

* Plant snapdragons, dianthus, nemesias, sweet alyssums, petunias and lobelias

* Turn the soil for the veggie garden

* Plant pigeon peas on Ash Wednesday

To Do List for January

* Fertilize roses with a 15-5-13 organic blend

* Plant hollies and camelias

* Last month to plant amaryllis

*Check the dates on all the seed packets.  Throw out anything over 2 yrs old.

*Go over the new seed catalogs and place you spring garden order

To Do List for December

* Annuals should be producing seeds.  Collect them for future planting.

* Harvest pigeon pea pods twice a week.  You never know when a killing cold front will strike.  Squeeze the pod, if it doesn’t give, harvest it.

* Yes you can still plant veggies: Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Peas and carrots.

* The rainy season is over.  Check which days you’re allowed to water with your local county .

* Wash the bird feeders and fill them up.  Make sure you also have suet available for your feathered visistors.

To Do List for November

* Plant southern highbush bluberries in a full sun area.  Feed them coffee grounds as they like acid soil.  Get 2 or more for a better fruit production.

* Continue to plant veggies: Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Beets,  Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Kale, Peas, Celery & Carrots.

* The pigeon peas should be blooming by now.  Monitor for pesky pests and spray with neem oil.

* Annuals should be in full bloom.  Harvest weekly to keep them producing.

To Do List for October

* The rainy season is over.  Water your lawn 1-2 times a week.

* Plant annuals like pansies, petunias, verbenas, nemesiais, lobelias, dianthus and sweet alyssum to keep color in the garden.

* Continue to plant veggies: Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Beets,  Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Peas, Celery, Carrots, Rhubarb & Strawberries

To Do List for September

* Fall is a great time to plant perennials

*Divide spring blooming perennials: daisies, violets, phlox, columbine and purple cone flower

* The rainy season will be over.  Water plants as needed.  Collect rainwater for your plants.

* Continue to plant veggies: Lettuce, Zuchinni, Summer squash, Cucumbers, Beets, Carrots, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Cabbage, Peas, Celery,Collards, Endive, Mustard, Turnips, Onions, Radishes, Rhubarb & Strawberries.

* Fertilize roses and azeleas.

* Start planting amaryillis until January

*Plant annuals: celosia, petunias, zinnias, marigolds, impatiens, coleus and sweet alyssum.

*Cut back perennials and fertilize.

To Do List for August

*Mail order flower seeds.

* Add amendments to raised beds as needed

* Build and fill new raised beds

* Plant tomatoes, pole and lima beans, sweet corn and watermelon.

* Start planting from seed after the 15th: Zuchinni, Summer Squash, Pumpkin, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Cabbage, Celery, Rhubarb & Strawberries.

* Plant new and fertilize all tropical/citrus trees.

* This is the last month to prune fall blooming perennials such as: oleander, roses and plumbago.

* Cut back the salvia if it’s leggy.

* Start seedlings of foxgloves, poppies, hollyhocks, larkspurs, wallflowers and Canterbury bells.

*Plant sunflowers; transplant marigolds, zinnias, celosias, begonias, geraniums and mums.

*Cut and pinch leggy annuals.

*Fertilize impatiens and roses.

To Do List for July

* Fertilize roses

* Prune hydrangeas

* Plan Fall veggie garden

* Stock up on seeds

* Buy amendments for veggie garden

To Do List for June

* Plant hydrangeas and mandevillas

* Train tomatoes

* Fill the bird feeders

To Do List for May

* Plant and fertilize roses

* Plant hydrangeas and irises

* Fertilize flowers and veggies

* Plant blackberries

* Plant crepe myrtle

* Fertilize citrus

To Do List for April

* Prune and fertilize roses

* Prune Azaleas

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