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March 15, 2021 Gearing Up for Spring

Dates to Remember:

March 18: Preparing Your Ranch for a Drought Webinar, online, 1:00pm

March 22: Your Money, Your Goals: Dealing with Debt, virtual, 12:00pm

March 22: Powerful Tools for Caregivers, 6 week series begins, virtual, 2:00pm

March 24: Planting the Seed, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, 11:20am

March 24: Spark and Stitch Event, Zoom, 7:00pm


NDSU Morton County: Gearing up for Spring

By Kelsey Deckert, Horticulture Agent

NDSU Extension

The recent warm up in temperatures have many of us experiencing spring fever.  Spring fever can look like many things whether you are enjoying time outside, wearing sandals, or just itching to get gardening, some of us have been bitten bad!

Planting in the garden is several weeks away yet, but the good news is we can start doing some garden preparation.  If you are wanting to order seed from your favorite catalogs and haven’t, get your order sent in today!  Many companies are running out of stock and/or are backordered.  If you have the capability to order online, that is the best option as you will be able to see which seeds are out of stock or backordered.

If you are an experienced gardener and have already ordered your seed, you may have started your own seed or will in the near future.  If this is an avenue you want to explore, but don’t have seeds yet, check out the local greenhouses and nurseries.  Many stores are already stocked with seed.

If you desperately want to get into the dirt, consider getting a soil test done.  This is a great way to see what the foundation of your garden is.  A soil test will not only give you insight of what you are working with, but helps guide you with any amendments you may need to make.  You will want to make sure the ground is thawed and warm enough to get samples before getting frustrated that you are unable to dig down.

Lastly, another get option for helping with the spring fever you are experiencing is to attend the NDSU Spring Fever Forums.  You can attend online or in person.  This is a series of gardening workshops offered through NDSU Extension. For more information please visit the website: www.ag.ndsu/springfever or contact your local extension agent.


NDSU Morton County Extension, March 15, 2021

Source: Kelsey Deckert, 701-667-3340, Kelsey.j.deckert@ndsu.edu

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