It certainly has been a long-lost Rocky Mountain winter. When is the last time you remember receiving as much snow as we have this year? Exactly one year ago we were discussing how unusually warm it was and wondering if winter was over?
What does that mean? Well, for all of you have lived in this area for some time, you know what that means. There is probably still even more cold, snow, rain and freezing temperatures on their way.
So, what do we early gardening enthusiasts do? Let’s do what we know works for mid-March gardening and landscape care in the Rocky Mountains. Now is the perfect time to work on your garden cleanup. Read more in our Plants and Gardening Trends. Garden Cleanup.
Secondly, let’s begin thinking about planting the plants that like it cold and will withstand the spring storms that are sure to roll in. Pansies, in containers or ground beds are the most colorful annuals to plant this time of the year. They can take it! And Creek Side has a beautiful Grown Fresh™ batch blooming and ready for planting now!
In addition to pansies, consider snapdragons, dianthus, alyssum and dusty miller. Creek Side will have these plants ready by early April.
Early season perennials, shrubs and trees may be planted now if they are cared for. The Creek Side Grown Fresh™ perennial crop is coming along nicely. Over 350 varieties this year including, many Plant Select varieties, which have been specifically chosen for our climate. Our growing experts are getting them ready for you by turning the temperatures down so they are conditioned for your garden. The perennial plants will be available to plant in another couple of weeks.
Cool season vegetable transplants and seeds may be planted and sown in the next couple of weeks. This group includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, lettuce, spinach, carrots, radishes, beets and peas. The ground will have warmed up a little more and which will advance their development. Creek Side has Botanical Interests seed available now and will have many transplants available in a few weeks. Just in time for planting!
When we work in concert with Mother Nature, our efforts will be rewarded and your disappointments will be diminished.