Lucky are those of us in warmer parts of the country, who can get out into their gardens and begin to putter. For many of us, we wait a little longer for the snow to melt off our gardens. However, in March, hardy crocuses bloom right through the melting snow. So, our March Gardening Tips focus is on indoor plant starts.
Gardening Tip #1: This time of year, we’re tired of winter. We are anxious to get our hands into some dirt. One of the biggest mistakes we make with our indoor starts is to allow our anxiousness to translate into planting indoor starts too early. See the back of the seed packet. It usually tells you the number of weeks to start seeds before setting them outdoors. More on Seed Starting……
Gardening Tip #2: Frost and cold are among the worries for early spring gardens. Don’t wait for an unexpected cold snap to get ready for action. Plan ahead on how to protect young plants and seedlings from cold spring weather. Be Prepared……
Gardening Tip #3: Chives and onions are among the hardiest of cold-hardy plants. They are among the first seeds to plant. Try starting some chives indoors now, while the snow melts. Then, transplant them outdoors as soon as the ground can be worked. About Chives. About Onions.
Gardening Tip #4: Try something new! Most gardeners are an adventuresome lot. We love to try new and unique plants. Here are a couple of unique plants, that will be a real conversation piece to anyone who sees them in your garden. Pumpkin on a Stick. Cotton- that’s right… Cotton!
Gardening Tip #5: It lurks in your home. Often the indoor environment is perfect to promote Damping Off disease, which can be fatal to your indoor seedling starts. And, it’s present outdoors as well. How to prevent Damping Off Disease…….
Gardening Tip #6: If you read last month’s Tip # 6 on raised beds, you are probably sold on the benefits of them. Now you need to acquire them, and then fill them with a soil mixture perfect for a raised bed. Learn about Raised Garden Bed Soil
Gardening Tip #7: Looking to have a more organic garden this year? That’s a great goal. Explore using Epsom Salts in your garden this year. It’s organic! About Epsom Salts…….
Gardening Tip # 8: The vast majority of vegetable gardeners grow tomato plants. And, most tomato growers grow more than one variety. While seed manufacturers offer fewer and fewer varieties, there are hundreds of varieties of tomatoes. To help you select a few varieties to try this year….. see the most popular Tomato varieties……..
Gardening Tip #9: As soon as the snow melts, you may see signs of moles, voles, and other rodents. It is important to rid your yard and garden of these pests now before they have a litter of more pests…. Controlling Moles and Voles
Gardening Tip #10: Did you know proper soil temperature is one of the important, make that vital, requirements for seed germination. It varies by plant. Too cold, and they just lie there, susceptible to rotting in spring rains, bugs, birds, and rodents. Too warm, and the seeds literally “cook”. A Soil Thermometer is an inexpensive, yet valuable gardening tool. Use it indoors, or out. Find the proper soil temperatures for selected vegetables, About Soil Thermometers
More Gardening Resources:
March is National Celery Month
March 3 – Peach Blossom Day
March, Second Thursday – Popcorn Lovers Day
March 11 or September 26 – Johnny Appleseed Day – Why two dates? Find out now.
March 12 – Plant a Flower Day – Can you dig it?
March 20 or 21 – Spring – AH, at last! This is the day all gardeners look forward to arriving!
March 25 – Pecan Day – A little nutty? Perhaps….
March 26 – National Spinach Day – Be strong, like Popeye
March 28 – Weed Appreciation Day – a day to hug your weeds, perhaps!?