Watch for the opening of local farmers markets. They will have locally grown starts of cool season vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Spring flower and perennial starts are also available. Locally-started plants are already acclimated to Rogue Valley weather, but may need to be hardened off, like other greenhouse starts.
Plant seeds for greens like arugula, kale, chard, lettuces, and spinach. Also, seed root vegetables: carrots, beets and radish.
Bait for slugs. Use baits marked as safe for pets, wildlife and children.
This is the time to set out new cane-fruit plants. Place them in full sun with good drainage, setting them in the soil about 1 inch deeper than they were previously grown. Fertilize ever-bearing strawberries and established raspberries now.
Dig and divide your summer-blooming perennials this month. Use a sharp knife to divide them cleanly; trim away broken roots. Treat them as "first year" plants in your garden, and provide ample water through the dry season.
Give ponds attention before the water warms. Clean out organic debris so it doesn't contribute to algae blooms later in the season. Consider additives that provide cold water organisms that help keep the water clean. Monitor water temperature and begin feeding fish when the water rises above 50 degrees.
Plants to prune this month include boxwood, beautyberry, red-twig dogwood, Rose of Sharon, summer-blooming hydrangea, nandina, sumac, yew, privet and juniper.
If you choose to remove thatch this spring you can compost the tough roots yourself, or bring them to Rogue Transfer & Recycling's station in White City. The transfer station accepts thatch and other lawn and garden material with no soil or rocks.
If you are seeding your lawn, make sure to choose the right variety for your specific location: mixtures for sun, shade and heavy use are available.
Get close to nature with North Mountain Park Nature Center's classes this month. Create a beautiful twin bottom egg basket from all natural local materials including willow, apple, plum, maple, dogwood, grape, seaweeds and more. Taught by Louisa Lenz-Porter from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., March 1. Ages 10 and up. The fee is $60.
" Learn about Peter Britt's Victorian garden, which was the cradle of horticulture in its day, in a slide show/talk by Donn Todt from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wed., March 5. A $5 fee is charged.
" New gardeners can learn how to propagate their own garden plants with Jennifer Ewing, 10 a.m. to noon, Sat., March 15. Fee is $10.
For more information on these and other classes stop by the center at 620 N. Mountain Ave, Ashland, call 488-6606 or go online: www.ashland.or.us/northmountainpark