March is when the gardening season increases in intensity, and deadlines loom: Seeds are started indoors and out, fruit trees are planted and pruned, and procrastination for building new garden beds has reached its limit. Yet the crisp, fresh air holds a steady hopefulness and excitement for a bountiful garden season. Here’s what you need to know to have a great spring garden.
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I must admit that the rare real winter we’re experiencing here in Cincinnati has pushed back my plans a bit. Have you had to survive frequent snowmageddons as I have? Heat and hot water are such blessings!
I’m not too worried about my garden plans being a bit behind schedule. Every year will be different: it’s a chance to ebb and flow with Mother Nature, rather than arbitrary deadlines. So don’t stress out if you’re behind. You can still do all of the things on the January and February lists.
I’m in USDA hardiness zone 6a, which may or may not apply to your location.
15 Minutes a Day
I like to set aside 15 minutes every day for gardening activities. This keeps gardening at the forefront of my mind and maintains it as a priority without requiring me to give up “real life” stuff.
Harvest from Under Protection Outdoors
- Build new garden beds
- Construct garden infrastructure: rain catchment systems, fences, compost systems, etc.
- Prune existing fruit trees, bushes, and brambles.
- Add soil amendments to garden beds. (Apply responsibly: Never apply soil amendments to frozen ground, over-saturated ground, or right before a large rain event.)
Start Seeds Under Grow Lights
For seed starting instructions, check out my seed starting guide.
If you need to purchase seed starting materials, check out my reviews and recommendations for seed starting supplies.
- Basil, Chives, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Sage
- Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collard, Kale
- Echinacea, Sweet Alyssum
- Leeks, Onion
- Eggplant, Pepper, Tomato
- Swiss Chard
Start Seeds in a Cold Frame
Sow Seeds Outside
- Fruit trees & Berry bushes
- Strawberry plants
Weather dictates actions more than annual calendars. I’ll be waiting until the snow melts to do a lot of these items, but I’m itching to get outside.
How about you? Are you having a good start to the gardening season?