Monthly Gardening Guide – March
Welcome to your Monthly Gardening Guide for March! Below you will find information on what I will be doing, (or trying to do) for the month of March. These are goals, not standards and some months I am on top of it and other months I blow it. But somehow, and thankfully, the garden is forgiving.Your garden to-do list ay look different than mine, and that is okay. Perhaps you will glean something from my list and please, if you have any suggestions, opinions or tips & tricks feel free to contact me! I would love to hear from you. Now, let’s get our hands dirty and get growing!
This month in Texas is notoriously a roller coaster and tends to be very unpredictable weather-wise, have row covers at the ready for any late-season frosts or freezes that might damage perennials, fruit trees or even crops you have already planted (re-think that next year till at least after St. Patrick’s Day!) 😉
Inside: Start seeds of warm season crops such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, pumpkin, snap beans, squash, and sweet corn – if you haven’t already done that!! 🙂
Use a garden thermometer to determine if the soil temperature is at or above 40ºF. When it gets there, start planting the crops you’ve started for cool-season: kale, lettuce, spinach, and onions. Plant these early in the month.
Warm season crops: Beans, tomatoes, corn, squash, cucumbers, melons and peppers plant 1-2 weeks after date of last killing frost for your specific area. Find the date of possible last frost here.
Cool season annuals: Use petunias, larkspurs, stocks, calendulas, sweet alyssum, foxglove. Plant early in the month for longest growing time.
Warm season annuals: zinnias, marigolds, celosia, impatients, wax begonias and coleus 1-2 weeks after date of last killing frost.
Follow up with pentas, lantanas, moss rose, purslane, copper plants, purple fountain grass, firebush.
Summer and fall perennials: Now is the time to plant those perennials, check each plants prime blooming season and plan for a sequence of color.
- Prune evergreen and summer-flowering trees and shrubs. Prune spring-flowering shrubs only after they finish blooming.
- Divide and replant summer- and fall – blooming perennials.
- Scalp your lawn, get rid of winter stubble.
- Prune low hanging tree branches, do NOT prune Oak trees in spring to discourage Oak Wilt Fungus.
- Fertilize deciduous fruit trees when they leaf out.
- Continue fertilizing established roses, watering the day before and after application.
- Lawns, Pecans, Annuals, Perennials, Containers.
Look Out For’s & To-do’s
- Water lawns and gardens deeply once to twice a week, depending on the amount of rain. Do not overwater.
- Apply mulch around the base of edibles and flowers to conserve moisture (and prevent weeds).
- Once the fruit on your trees set, thin out the fruit to about 6 inches apart. This thinning encourages the fruit to grow bigger.
- Weeds are coming, weeds are coming. Did you apply pre-emergent either from the garden center or your brew from home?
- Be watching for ladybugs and other beneficial insects to be in the stores and buy them!
Monthly Garden Check-list for March
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