Potatos, Onions, and Spring?Cleaning

Wed, Feb 24

If you think it is too cold outside for swimming, you are probably right. But if you think it is too cold outside for gardening, you are definitely wrong!

In these last few days of February don’t be afraid to spend a little time outdoors. Even if you don’t have a vegetable garden waiting in the back (or front) yard, consider planted a few edibles in your front or back landscape. Wondering what in the world you can do out in the garden?

Potatoes, Onion, Beets, Carrots, Lettuce, Baby Trees, Bushes, Anything that goes dormant!

Potatoes & Onions: You can find seed potatoes and onions at Wichita Valley Landscape on Midwestern Parkway. Potatoes emerge in 2 weeks from planting date, so you can wait until two weeks before the last frost to plant, or plant earlier but be diligent to protect it from the frost.

Potato planting guides are available in many places. If you stop buy to buy some seed potatoes, ask for instructions.

Onions are a little easier. They are sold as small, sprouted bulbs. Bury the bulb halfway under the soil and water. The roots from the bulb will soon anchor the plant and the onion top will straighten out over time.

Beets, carrots, and lettuce can all be directly seeded in the ground in early spring. If you want to start the seeds now, be sure to cover the seedling if a frost occurs.

Any plant that has a winter dormant season like trees or bushes need to be planted during the dormant season to minimize any shock. That means, the time window is closing! So don’t wait any longer for the weather to warm up, now is the time to get hardy plants into the ground.


Just a reminder that April 2-3 is RBNC’s annual Reuse Yard Sale. You can make this Yard Sale happen by donating items from your home like small and large appliances, tools, clothes, kitchenware, cars, furniture, sports equipment, you name it. All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off March 29-April 1 at River Bend from 9am-5pm. Please no computer monitors.

Clyde the Quail

P.S. If you have never met me, come out to the conservatory. I love having visitors.