When will new growth start in central Maryland?
When can I expect my herbs' springtime growth to emerge from the ground? Last fall I planted an "ornamental herb meadow" from seed. One section is lemon balm and catnip, the other is bergamot and purple coneflower. Some sun, some shade. They germinated decently well overall, and benefited from a long, mild autumn. Now the area is blanketed with winter weeds (annual bluegrass, chickweed, mouseear chickweed, sun spurge, deadnettle), and I'm eagerly waiting for the herbs to poke themselves up and start growing, and shading the weeds. Hand-weeding the 3000 sq ft would be quite a chore, so I'm hoping the herbs' natural height and vigor will win out. They don't have to be suitable for consumption, I just want them to look pretty and attract bees and such.