Asparagus beds should be liberally manured. New beds should now be made. Set the plants 6 in. deep. Sow seed now.
Beets and all hardy vegetables (carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, kohlrabi, spinach, lettuce, herbs, etc.) may now be sown, planted, or transplanted.
Cabbage plants should be set out on heavily manured ground. Sow seed of Early Summer for a later supply.
Fruits: If possible, all planting and transplanting of fruit-trees and grape-vines should be finished this month. Pruning should be completed as soon as possible, and preparation made to protect the blossoms of tender fruits next month. Set out strawberry-plants, and during dry weather run the cultivator through all old beds that are at all weedy. It is a good plan, where practicable, to mulch the beds. Here, pine-straw can be had plentifully for the purpose. Examine peach trees for borers. Raspberries and blackberries should be pruned now if the work is not already done. Cuttings of Le Conte pears, Marianna plums, grape-vines, and pomegranates should be put in at once if they have heretofore been forgotten. Root-grafting should be progressing rapidly; this is the best time for this important work.
Onion seeds: Sow at once, and plant sets as soon as possible.
Peas: Sow early and late varieties. The late varieties succeed best if sown at this season.
Seasonable work: This is a good month to obtain canes for staking peas, tomatoes, and beans, hauling manure, making repairs, and examining tools, etc. As the fall crop is harvested, the land should be prepared for another crop. Tile-draining is now is order. Prepare frames to cover with canvas for use next month.
Sweet-potatoes: A few may be bedded in a frame from which to obtain “draws” for setting out about March 15.
Tomatoes, egg-plants, and peppers: Sow now on a slight hotbed. When the plants come up, all the air possible should be given during the day. They can be raised without heat, but at this season this plan would better be attempted only by the skillful.
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