Can you believe that it’s March already? I feel like we just celebrated the New Year! The good news is, spring isn’t as far off as it was then, and I get so excited at the prospect of a new beginning in the garden! I hope you will, too, with these March Garden Tips.
GARDEN FOR YOUR ZONE
Remember, I live in the NORTH, otherwise known as the “Frozen Tundra!” If you are further south, most likely you will be further ahead in the garden than I am. If you are in the U.S., check HERE for your local agricultural zone and adjust your tasks accordingly.
Don’t feel sorry for me, though! We love it here!
Without further ado, let’s get right into it:
MARCH GARDEN TIPS
1- Check your last frost dates (if you haven’t already). Check your seed packets and count backwards to see if it is too soon to start planting seeds indoors or in your greenhouse. Some things may have to stay indoors awhile. (Especially if you live in an area that has a long winter – just like mine!)
2- Remove dead branches from and trees and shrubs as needed. It’s not easy to do when it’s snowing, but on a day when you get a little sunshine, seize the moment! Did some branches break because of heavy snowfall? Do you have piles of branches left in heaps under your trees from pruning?
THE OUTBUILDINGS AND SHEDS
3- Start cleaning out the potting shed or potting bench. By this, I primarily mean get yourself organized. We tend to shove things and dump them into our shed during the off-season, only to curse ourselves come spring. Get your bins, bags and wheelbarrow to clear, clean and declutter! If you cleaned up your tools in January or February, you’re already ahead of the game!
4- If you have a greenhouse, clean that out, too. While we don’t have a separate greenhouse (yet), I can see how this could easily become yet another dumping ground during the off-season. Especially if you live in such a cold, snowy climate as we do.
But…a greenhouse can certainly become your best friend when it comes to extending the growing season!
5- If the ground is not frozen, then you definitely don’t live in the Catskills! But seriously, if it isn’t frozen, plant some garlic, onions, and potatoes.
6- Prune those trees if you haven’t yet! There isn’t a whole lot of time left before spring thaw. Even if you can’t get it done RIGHT NOW, put it on the calendar (pick a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice for your dates) and do it without excuses! Barring, of course, another horrific snowstorm.
NEVER STOP TIDYING
(OK, so I read the Marie Kondo books…..AND watched the series. Hey, gardening is what “sparks joy” for me!)
7- As the snow keeps melting and you keep seeing all the debris you couldn’t clean up because it snowed too early, don’t fret and look at it through the window! Get those thermal undies on, layer up, get outside, and get a chunk of it cleared away. You’ll be glad you did when planting time arrives.
8- If you notice that perennials are peeking through, and if the ground can be worked, divide some of those plants. My favorites here are Daylilies, Evening Primroses, Peonies, Phlox, and sooooo many herbs.
Add your own items to the list. Obviously, your list will be a little different than mine. We all have our own priorities and our climates vary. Don’t forget to check the USDA map for your zone!
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Hopefully, we’ll experience a thaw soon. Sometimes we get frosts as late as June. We’ll just have to see about that!
Blessings to you and yours!