March has arrived, and it’s time to get some of your summer garden plants into the ground. I’d love to simplify it and say “this, this and this” always works everywhere but it is not that simple. Appropriate plantings for March differ, depending on whether you’re living in North Dakota, the Deep South, or somewhere in between.
As you know, different parts of the country have different weather. There are even micro-climates within these areas. If you are a beginner at gardening, or new to the area, consider checking out nearby agricultural colleges, county or state agricultural extension agencies, or local gardening clubs – and never forget about talking to area farmers to find out details specific to your area.
Also, there is an elderly gardener or farmer near you, make their acquaintance and learn all you can from them! They’ve had a lifetime to learn and usually will gladly, enthusiastically even, share their knowledge. These all can be valuable sources of information on what grows best in your area, best times to plant, local sources of seeds, organic fertilizers and minerals and pest management practices.
It is so cold in some parts of the country during March that it is inadvisable to plant anything outdoors. The Rocky Mountains as well as the area in the northern part from the Great Lakes to the Pacific Northwest are all too cold during March to plant anything outdoors. It is time, however, to get those seeds started indoors.
I’ve only included 6 vegetables for each area of the country but these are the most common, most useful vegetables that are planted there during March. There are others, to be sure, and you should do a quick check to see all the plants for your area that should be started in March, if you are unsure. A good rule of thumb to remember is that March is for planting cool season plants mainly but in some areas of the country tomatoes and corn go into the ground so investigate your area’s planting schedule thoroughly.
Summer Gardens Get Started in March
Excluding the far northern central states and the Rockies, most serious gardeners have lots of growing going on in March. I especially love what March does to a patch of leaf lettuce and spinach! Once you get the hang of growing your own food, you’ll no longer see March as dreary but as the sunny beginnings of a lush summer gardening season! Whether you sow seeds to begin your own seedlings or you buy seedlings already growing, March is time to start sowing many of your summer vegetables.
What are you growing right now?