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Welcoming March

When people talk about March weather, they always seem to mention this old weather saying:

If March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb.
If March comes in like a lamb, it will go out like a lion.

Some sky watchers believe that there’s a heavenly connection. The constellation Leo, the lion, is rising in the east at the beginning of March and thus “comes in like a lion,” while Aries, the ram, sets in the west at the end of March and “will go out like a lamb.”

Yes, spring starts on the 20th, but March is notoriously temperamental weather-wise. We advise you to savor these warm days, with their fast-moving weather systems, record-breaking storms, and mud. Fling open the windows and let spring blow in!
We’ve now posted both the March and April weather predictions on See our long-range forecast for your area.

If you love to watch the sky, join friendly weather discussions at our Weather Forum.

The Sap Is Running

The maple sugaring season usually commences about the first week of March.

When did we figure out how to make maple syrup out of maple sap? Native Americans probably devised this process, although no one’s certain just how. We do know that maple syrup was an important ingredient in some Native American cooking. The Native Americans taught the first settlers how to tap trees for the sap and cook it down.

Some Native Americans called March’s Full Moon the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins.


Sugar’s sweet, but sap is sappier;
Cold nights make the farmers happier!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac, 1989

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Great Almanac Giveaway

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20 eco-friendly seed packets for you! AND, select 5 friends who will receive 10 packets each! Urban Farmer offers a large variety of vegetable, herb, and flower seeds for home gardens.

Are you seeding your garden yet? Here is an herb, a vegetable, and a flower that loves cool weather.


Despite its mild taste, parsley packs a nutritional wallop, loaded with vitamin C, iron, calcium, and beta-carotene.

Plant the seeds 3 to 4 weeks before the last spring frost because parsley is a slow starter.

See our Parsley Page for growing advice—and a few recipes!

See a list of all herbs! Click for our free Herb Guide.


Garden lettuce is far superior, in both taste and vitamin A content, to supermarket brands.

Plant the seeds directly in the garden 2 to 4 weeks before your last expected frost.

See our Lettuce Page for planting information.

See a list of all vegetables! Click for our free Vegetable Guide.

Sweet Peas

This lovely flower enchants us with its fragile, seductive fragrance and makes great bouquets.

Early sowing is one of the secrets with sweet peas. In colder zones, plant them in late winter or spring—as early as the soil is dry enough to work.

See our Sweet Pea page for planting advice and a free flower e-card!

See a list of more flowers. Click for our Flower Guide.

Cooking With Maple Syrup

Here at the Almanac headquarters in New Hampshire, we eagerly await the tapping of the maple trees—and the sweet smell of the sugar shacks!

Maple trees are tapped when daytime temperatures reach 40 to 50 degrees F and nighttime temperatures still drop below freezing. A typical tap tree (12 inches or more in diameter) produces about 10 gallons of sap per season.

If you’re a big fan of real maple syrup, here are some recipes that go beyond pancakes and breakfast food:

Maple Sweet Potatoes

Maple Squash Pie

Maple-Mustard Cedar-Plank Salmon

Sweet-and-Sour Pork

Chicken Cranberry Kiev

See more recipes using maple syrup.