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Springtime Gardening Tips

As we enter the fourth month of the year we can already see the drab hues of winter begin to give way to the promise of a colorful spring.

yardWhat better way could there be to celebrate this fertile and exciting time of year than to work on improving your garden? Gardening is a relaxing and fulfilling activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus, a rich and colorful garden can greatly add to the aesthetic beauty of your home. I’ve compiled some tips that you should keep in mind when attending to your yard this spring.

Don’t over water!– Horticulturist, Mitch Hoyles of Western Garden Nursery says the biggest danger at this time of year is over watering. “Now is the time when we have to start watering, and most people water way too much,” Hoyles said. Roots need air in order to grow. Clay soil must be allowed to dry between watering, so the water can be replaced by air to nourish the roots.

Watch your step – Make sure you don’t walk on delicate flowerbeds when they are saturated. Wait until the soil dries. If you compact the soil by stepping on it when it is wet, you run the risk of damaging new growth.

Spring-cleaning, for your yard – Pick up old leaves, broken branches, and debris accumulated during winter. Cut back any perennials that you have. Trim shrubs, and any other excess growth.

Tune up your tools – Sharpen mowers and clippers so everything is ready when things start to grow. Make a note of what’s missing and order tools for the new season of growth.

Check on your soil – Check soil pH with a Home Soil Test Kit, taking several samples from different planting areas for an accurate reading. Enrich soil as necessary. Add dolomitic lime to raise the pH, or elemental sulfur to lower the pH.

Don’t forget to fertilize – Apply balanced fertilizer (6-6-6 or 8-8-8), fish emulsion, or other soil enhancements suggested by soil-test results around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Spread high-acid fertilizer and pine-needle mulch around acid-loving shrubs like azaleas and camellias. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.

With a bit of luck and hard work your garden will be the envy of the neighborhood. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be able to relax in your garden in comfort and style as you sip your favorite beverage and enjoy the beautiful environment you have created for you and your family.

San Diego County Events for March 13 – 15

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego, or simply enjoy the weekend with one of the many activities and festivals in the area!

San Diego county eventsSpring Garden Festival & Tomatomania

gardeningThe San Diego Botanic Garden hosts a Spring Garden Festival and Tomatomania featuring a variety of herbs, spring plants, bromeliads, garden art and implements, and of course tomatoes. Gardening experts can answer questions, and this event is family-friendly with food, musical entertainment, petting zoo and pony rides.

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 14 & 15, 9am – 5pm
Where: San Diego Botanic Gardens | 230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, 92024
Cost: $8 – $14
More information: sdbgarden.org


Food for Thought Festival

This celebration of cooking and healthy food will feature Kitty Morse, author of Mint Tea and Minarets; Deana Gunn, author of Cooking with Trader Joe’s; George Thornton from San Diego’s The Homebrewer shop; a Japanese onigiri program for teens, “Free Spirit the Clown”; and more.

When: March 14, 10:30am – 2pm
Where: La Mesa Library | 8074 Allison Avenue, La Mesa, 91941
Cost: Free
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22nd San Diego Latino Film Festival

The San Diego Latino Film Festival (SDLFF) is an 11-day juried film/video exhibition of work celebrating Latino artists and Latino genre. The festival hosts guest filmmakers’ appearances, workshops, live music, art exhibitions, and gala celebrations.

When: Now – March 22 | noon to 11pm
Where: AMC Fashion Valley | 7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 92108
Cost: $11.50  – $45
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Temecula St. Patrick’s Day 5K and 15K

St Patricks DayThird annual event. Race through country roads and vineyards as you wind your way to the finish line and a glass of green champagne in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Race entry includes a champagne tasting and a signature glass to keep.

When: Sunday, March 15, 7:30 – 11am
Where: Cougar Vineyard and Winery | 39870 De Portola Road, Temecula, 92592
Cost: $30 – $60
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2015 San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

The Annual San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade (largest Parade west of the Mississippi) will step off on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue at Laurel Street as thousands of marchers and spectators gather to celebrate the Patron Saint of Ireland.
Following the parade, an event filled Irish Festival in Balboa Park features live entertainment on 2 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone with rides.

When: Saturday, March 14, 9am – 6pm | 10:30am parade starts
Where: Balboa Park | 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
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Springtime Gardening Tips

gardeningAs we enter the fourth month of the year, what better way could there be to celebrate this fertile and exciting time of year than to work on improving your garden? Gardening is a relaxing and fulfilling activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Plus, a rich and colorful garden can greatly add to the aesthetic beauty of your home. I’ve compiled some tips that you should keep in mind when attending to your yard this spring. Continue reading