In the Garden: March.

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WHAT TO PLANT

Seed in Ground: arugula, beans, beets, carrots, chard, chives, cilantro, collards, sweet corn, cucumbers, dill, leaf lettuce, melons, mustard greens, okra, parsley, southern peas, potatoes (early), radish, spinach, snap beans, squash (summer and winter), turnips, watermelon

Seed Indoors: melons, pumpkin, tomatoes (early), winter and summer squash

Transplant: bok choi, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, swiss chard, cucumber, eggplant (late), kale, leeks, head lettuce, bunching onions, peppers (late), tomatoes (late), summer and winter squash

WHAT TO DO

  • Get cool-season crops into the garden now. Don’t waitโ€”soon the weather will be too hot for them. Have row covers or homemade windbreaks handy to protect plants on chilly nights.
  • Early this month, sow the last plantings of spinach, turnips, mustard, beets, carrots, and broccoli.
  • In mid-to late March, plant corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers. Nourish young plants with liquid organic fertilizer.
  • Pull mulch away from perennials, shrubs, and trees to allow the soil to warm around them.
  • Plant carnations (Dianthus spp.), daisies, marigolds, petunias, snapdragons, and zinnias.
  • Enjoy the spring sunshine and spring rains!
  • Set up rain barrels to collect rainwater – during this season when it actually rains!
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