This may usually be somewhat of a strenuous time of the year for many folks that are ready for outdoor activity. The uncertain predictability of our recent weather conditions has made it fairly arduous for folks whether they might have interests in yard, garden, golfing, or fishing. Have hope, though, as intermitten periods of fair weather will occur.
Most gardeners have their plots tilled and some have already put their onion sets out. Several have their second set of plants in the soil. While onions are usually pretty tough, any cole crop may be freeze susceptible if they are in their tender stage of development.
March is a perfect time to get your flower beds and vegetable gardens ready for April transplants. All the feeds stores, nursery centers, and other retailers or have ample supplies of bedding plants available. One good guide for getting ready is to have your soil tested prior to planting as you may want to put down a pre-plant application of fertilizer prior to planting. Many folks will incorporate what we call a "complete" fertilizer, which is one with a fairly even analysis of N-P-K, usually in the area of "13-13-13" or " triple thirteen." However, if you care to be a bit more precise, you might want to consider sending off a soil sample. The easiest way would be to go down to the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension office at the Courthouse. For around ten bucks, they will give you a soil sample packet, with sampling instructions; you collect the sample and then get it sent in to the Soils Testing Lab for recommendations. They will send you a report that will give you the pH of your soil as well as fertilization rate and recommended analysis of amendments per your particular soil conditions.
Soil sampling is the foundation for determining what fertility program to use as well as how to properly amend your growing area. You can do the same for your orchard or lawn area. Most successful farmers have been doing this procedure for certain field crops for years. Once you've determined what your soil needs, you may go ahead and incorporate the amendments a few weeks prior to planting so as to attain more complete integration of the amendments into the soil.
Son, Will was in this past weekend and reminded me that we need to get our spring application of Ammonium Nitrate out on the pecan orchard over at Daddy's. We also took time to trek out to Ft. Mckavett for our sometimes annual event of gigging round-back suckers. Shaw and I supervised from the pickup while Darrell and Will bagged up a fine mess of fish. The Mayor and yours truly might even be thinking of a fish-fry, soon, somewhere out around -----Harkeyville!!!