Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Zone 6 & 7 Garden Tasks for March


March is an exciting month, because planting season is here! Gardeners can finally start digging in the dirt!

INDOOR SEEDS

Early in the month start seeds indoors for cool weather veggies including: beets, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and cabbages, as well as any flowers that need to be started early. At the end of the month, start peppers, and eggplant indoors. Make sure to check your plants frequently as smaller seedlings can dry out quickly if using a heat mat and grow light. Keep seedlings from drying out by pouring a little water into the seed starting tray regularly.


OUTDOOR PLANTING

Plant peas outside even if it's snowy and cold. They can handle it! They will come up when they are ready, and can handle the cold. Any bare root plants you purchased can be planted out now, as well as any shrubs or perennial plants available at garden stores. Gardens can be worked as long as soil isn't frozen or extremely soggy, and if the conditions allow, you can plant radishes, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, spinach, lettuces, cabbages, and carrots outdoors, or that can be done in April. Onion starts can be planted late in the month as well. Primroses can be planted into the garden as soon as you find them in stores. They can tolerate the cold weather, and look great in pots as well! Water the garden regularly if weather is dry.


CARE FOR OUTDOOR PLANTS 

Remove mulch from strawberry plants, and begin cleaning up all perennial plants in the garden. Deadhead and remove withered or dead stems and parts to ensure the plants can focus on new growth. Don't forget to spend time enjoying the warm weather when it comes. March can still be fairly cold, so enjoy those sunny days when they appear!


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