March 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

March 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

March 2023 Home Horticulture Newsletter

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Mach 2023 Pulaski County Home Horticulture Newsletter

There’s a ton of info in this month’s newsletter. Have fun!


And please remember to REGISTER for the programs you’d like to attend by scanning the QR codes or clicking on the graphic.

Soils 101 program for all gardeners on February 20 at 4:30pm @ Pulaski Co Extension office
Mushrooms on Logs Inoculation Workshop
Beekeeping 101

Upcoming Events


March 11 — Beekeeping 101, 9-11am, Woodstock Community Center. Call the Pulaski County Extension office to register, 606-679-6361


March 11 — Mushroom on Logs Inoculation Workshop, 11am-5pm, Woodstock Community Center, outdoor pavilion. No registration required, just show up at your convenience!


March 15 — Apple Grafting Workshop, 4:30pm, Pulaski County Extension office. Registration required.


March 20Lake Cumberland Beekeepers Association meeting, 7pm business meeting, 7:30pm program. Pulaski Co Extension Service office


March 25 — Spring Wildflower Hike, 9am, Pulaski County Park PC Park Trailhead


March 29Improving Backyard Habitat for Birds, Butterflies, and Hummingbirds, Pulaski Co Extension Service office. Optional nesting box kit may be purchased.


April 1 — Wildflower Hike, 9am, Pulaski County Park Eagle Scout Trailhead


April 8 Green Living Fair, 10am to 6pm, Center for Rural Development (Lake Cumberland Master Gardeners are sponsors!)


April 16 — Earth Day Celebration at Somerset Community College, 1pm to 4:30pm



Start onion seeds in mid-January

Vegetable Growing Season Begins!

We’re right in the middle of transplant season but keep up the good work. Click below to access UK’s great Extension publication ID-128, Home Vegetable Gardening in Kentucky


With the exception of cabbage, rhubarb, asparagus, and onions, the vegetables above are planted as seed outside in March


Crabgrass Control Early This Year

With crabgrass, it’s never a good idea to have a set calendar date to apply preemergence herbicides to your lawn. Crabgrass physiology dictates that its seed won’t germinate until average soil temperatures (2” deep) reach 50F.


UK has a brand new publication addressing preemergence herbicides in KY home lawns. Click below to access the publication.

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Vegetable gardens can be year-round!

Seed Starting Video

Lat winter/early spring is when planting vegetable seed really starts happening. If you’re new to it or just need some pointers, watch this video.

Beth Wilson seed starting video

Ordering Seed?


Spring may be far away, but vegetable garden planning begins during the cold months of winter. Seed catalogs, store displays, and online retailers present a number of ….

Read more here

Deciphering the Seed Catalog

Sometimes seed catalogs are straightforward, but other times they are filled with acronyms that are just hard to understand.

Learn more here
Spring Wildflower Hikes flyer

The map linked above denotes the trailhead where we will be meeting as ‘PC Park Trailhead’, not Eagle Scout Trailhead.


Master Gardener Updates

Lake Cumberland Extension Master Gardener Kaye Hudson put together a little something called ‘Why I Became A Master Gardener’. (in 3 parts)


Part 2

I signed up for the Master Gardener Class with the Pulaski County Extension Service. Guess what? There were not enough signed up to take the class. I was really bummed.


But I continued my habit of bringing dead plants back to life for another year.


Beth Wilson contacted me to say that there would be enough for a class that year if I was still interested in becoming a Master Gardener!


I took the class, became friends with classmates, and enjoyed the class thoroughly. However, I was probably the quietest student in the class. I never asked questions or made comments because I was afraid that it would sound dumb to these experienced gardeners.


But I continued on, passed the test (it was take-home) and became a full-fledged Master Gardener!


To Be Continued…..

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program
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Horticulture Webinar Wednesdays

HWW is on a hiatus but will return in mid-March 2023 with new webinars soon. In the meantime, check out the vast library of recorded webinars.

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Soil Test Now


Soil quality determines your success as a gardener. Pulaski County residents get 25 soil analyses for FREE. Soil probes are also available to loan out. Call our office for more details 606-679-6361

Call the office now
Soil test now

Myth: Pine Straw Will Make Your Soil Acidic

A common garden myth is that when pine needles drop, they acidify the soil. more about the myth by clicking below.

Pine Needle Myth Busting
Pine Straw Sales Information

UK Forestry From the Woods Today

February topics:

  • Maple Day Celebration (March 8)

  • World Wood Day (March 15)

  • White Oak and the Challenges This Important Species Faces (March 22)

  • Community Tree Inventory (March 29)


Webinars from the UK Forestry Extension team are available live every Wednesday at 11am. Sign up for email reminders, watch live webinars, or browse the recorded archive.

Learn More

Recipe of the Month

Take a deep dive into all the UK Plate It Up Kentucky Proud recipes by clicking the button below.

More Recipes
Asian Asparagus Salad recipe

Newsletter Archive

To access archived Extension newsletters, click here.

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