Sunday, March 4, 2012

March Garden Goals

March is going to be a busy month in the garden.  Spring is right around the corner and there is a lot to get ready and plant this month.

  1. Start seeds inside: basil, lamb's ear, chamomile, leaf lettuce, cucumbers, melons, pumpkin, squash
  2. Plant seeds outside: kale, kohlrabi, radish, turnip, spinach, beet, peas, Swiss chard, carrots, parsnips
  3. Plant potatoes
  4. Plant onion sets
  5. Transplant seedlings: leeks, parsley, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese cabbage, head lettuce
  6. Prep beds for planting
  7. Fill raspberry bed with soil
  8. Fill potting shed bed with soil
  9. Planting templates: I use the square foot garden spacing for my raised beds and I saw Chiot's Run blog about how to make templates.  I want to make some templates, I think it will make planting easier and quicker.
  10. Plant raspberries
  11. Plant grapes
  12. Plant asparagus
  13. Get and plant blueberries
  14. Paint potting shed shelves
  15. Make plant labels:  With all the planting I will be doing, I really need some new plant labels.
Here's how the potting shed and part of the garden is looking at the beginning of March.  The cover crops did really well.  I'm planning on cutting them down close to the soil, but not pulling up the roots.  I've read that leaving roots helps with providing nutrients and building soil structure.  Then I will use the clippings as mulch around the spring plantings.


    1. Yes, it looks like you are going to be one busy gardener this month!!

    2. your shade looks nice. Does the shade also function as a kind of small greenhouse? Many shades are doing that. I have already started planting lots of those seeds; too much work and too much energy required. You will be really busy.

      Yes, it's a good idea to leave those roots - the roots provide lots of nutrients to the soil and make the soil more organic and loose.

    3. Thats a nice fun list - I like planting and you've got lots to do by the look of the above.