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Watch out for Slugs, Plus 9 Other Things You Need to Do in Your Garden Right Now


Spring has sprung. Here’s what to do in your garden now, no matter where you are in the West. 


-Create an herb meadow by sprinkling seeds of cilantro, dill, and parsley in sunny garden beds that are close to the kitchen for easy access. 

-For instant impact in warm climates, plant durable barrel cactus. Try Mexican fire barrel (Ferocactus pringlei) for red spines; for yellow, go for the ever-popular golden barrel (Echinocactus grusonii). 

-Plant tomatoes outside once daytime and nighttime temperatures stay above 55°.


–Slugs do maximum damage in spring by mowing down tender seedlings as they emerge. Bait for them or kill them as you see them (they’re easy to spot in damp weather or after you water).

-Combat powdery mildew by hosing off foliage in the morning several times a week to wash away fungus spores. Treat outbreaks with a formula of 1 Tbsp. baking soda plus 1 Tbsp. canola oil to 1 gallon of water.

-Use plastic baskets from cherry tomatoes or strawberries to protect newly sprouted seedlings from birds. By the time the seedlings have grown tall enough to reach through the tops of the baskets, they are no longer as tender as the birds…

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