March letter from the President

It has certainly been wet! My daffodils are blooming and falling on their faces from the rain, then getting munched by slugs. Surely it must be getting close to spring planting time?

LEAF’s Nursery Manager, Elaine, has this advice: Before you start sowing seed or planting seedlings, check your soil temperatures. The easiest way is to take a thermometer (a cooking thermometer will work), stick it in the ground 1-2” deep for seeds and 5-6” deep for seedlings, pull it out after 5 minutes to take a reading, and repeat for the next two days. If soil temps have risen as noted below, you are ready to start your veggie garden.

For cool-weather plants, soil temps should be in the mid-‘40s to mid-‘50s. This includes root veggies like beets, carrots and radishes and leafy greens like lettuce, parsley and spinach.
For warm-weather plants, soil temperatures should be in the mid-’50s to mid-’60s. This includes corn, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, beans and eggplant.

The first LEAF workshop of the year is this Saturday, taught by long-time LEAF member Phil Stob. His sense of humor makes every subject he tackles a lot of fun. Come early for our regular monthly meetup, where members can get acquainted and chat with a board member, then stay for the workshop.

Saturday, March 4th
Meet-up 10-11 a.m. Baked goods welcome
Workshop 11 a.m. – noon: Native bees & making a bee hotel

LEAF Center at the California Nursery Historical Park
Niles Blvd. at Nursery Ave.

Want to volunteer to help with the workshops? Contact Iris at for information.

We’re starting to plan several events this year. Do any of these sound interesting? We could sure use some help in planning them! Contact me at

April LEAF Movie Night, showing an environmental documentary
Earth Day Booth in April – handing out sunflower seedlings at the City-sponsored fair
LEAF Center Open House in October for a City celebration at the Park

Happy spring gardening!

Mia Mora

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