March: What to do in the Garden

Planning Ahead

  • Prepare beds for the garden 1 – 3 weeks before planting.
  • Organize your seed collection and find the seeds that you need for the year.
  • Compost and collect organic matter for the compost pile
  • Turn your compost pile
  • Clean out your mason bee homes
  • Watch the weather.  Check air temperatures and soil temperatures.  Beware of frost.
  • Compost and amend your soil.
  • Add lime to sweeten your soil if needed.
  • Patrol for slugs.
  • Weed while the ground is soft, wet, and warm and the weeds are young.
  • Mulch to prevent weeds.  Rake back mulch and warm the soil before planting seeds.
  • Protect your plants from deer and other wildlife.

In The Vegetable Garden

  • Monitor your soil temperature to know when to plant your vegetables.
  • Make sure that the soil has dried up enough before you plant.
  • Direct sow cold-tolerant vegetables outdoors, such as arugula, beets, parsnips, carrots, lettuces, radishes, spinach, turnips, and shallots outdoors
  • Soak your pea seeds in preparation for planting.  Just before planting, cover in legume inoculant.
  • Start tomatoes, peppers, leeks, onions, tomatillos, celery, and brassicas indoors.
  • Pre-sprout your potatoes.   Plant around mid-March.
  • Build cloches.
  • Plant asparagus crowns and rhubarb.

Fruit Trees and Berry Bushes

  • Fertilize and prune your berry bushes & strawberries.
  • Protect early blossoms on fruit trees from frost.
  • Divide and transplant strawberries and raspberries.
  • Graft rootstocks. The Home Orchard Society Scion Exchange is on Sunday, March 16, 2014.
  • Plant bareroot trees.

Perennials

  • Divide and transplant perennials.
  • Direct sow hardy annual flowers, such as Calendula, Poppies, Pansies, Alyssum, Johnny Jump-Ups, Bachelor Buttons, Clarkia, Sweet Peas, Love in a Mist, Larkspur, Lupines, Snapdragons, Mallow, etc.
  • Plant summer blooming bulbs or tubers including Gladiolas, Crocosmia, Dahlias, Calla Lilies, etc.
  • Take cuttings of early flowering perennial shrubs and bring indoors for forcing into bloom.
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