March – Gardening to-do List

March Gardening Tips And To Do List

Depending on where you live – when your outside temperature allows you to be out and work in the soil.  Utilize the ideas below.

Planning

Look for bare-root trees with large root systems not top growth.  Keep in mind, size does not matter in tree size it is quality you are looking for.

Planting

Mulch strawberries with pine, straw, or shavings as soon as they start blooming.

Wait until end of month to set out frost tender plants

Re-pot houseplants that have grown too large for their containers. Cut back leggy plants to encourage compact growth. Root the cuttings in moist media to increase your supply of plants.

Start seeds of tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and other warm-season veggies. Also start cole crops like broccoli, cauliflower, Bok Choy, cabbage and kohlrabi, as well as other greens.

If you have a frost-free cold frame, plant early spinach, lettuce and other hardy greens.  Place onions and tomatoes started in late February/Early March in a frost-free cold frame by mid-month.

Maintenance

Towards the end of the month (Depending on weather conditions) Apply a pre-emergent herbicide before lawn weeds get started. These work by preventing the seed from germinating. Therefore, it is important that they are applied in early spring, before growth of the weed seedlings.

Prepare beds for planting by mixing in amendments and fertilizer

Start fertilizing houseplants now for good growth.

If your tiller turns over sluggishly in spring, before trying to start it, move it to a sunny location and cover it with a black plastic garbage bag for half an hour. A few minutes of solar heating will warm up the fluids and make starting easier.

Fertilize the garden as the soil is being prepared for  planting.  unless directed otherwise by a soil test. Soil samples can be taken to your county extension office to be analyzed.

Weed and Pest Control

Keep and eye out for aphids in early March/April and get them before they take over your plants Use either a strong stream of water or use safer soap products.

With the rain, come the slugs and snails! Control them by eliminating their hiding places clean up leaf litter, and use bait.

For Fun

A good, salt substitute for anyone who wants to restrict sodium intake is a blend of equal parts dried basil, dill, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, parsley, rosemary, thyme and a few dashes of Hungarian paprika. The mixture will keep indefinitely in a dark glass or ceramic container.

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