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March Gardening Checklist

Depending on where you live, March can be a great opportunity to get busy in the garden.

• In Zones 3 to 6, start seeds for cool-weather vegetables indoors. Beets, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, parsley, peas, spinach, and Swiss chard are good cool-weather choices.
In Zone 7, plant seedlings in the ground.

• In Zones 8 and 9, plant seedlings of warm-season veggies such as beans, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, melons, okra, peppers, squash, and tomatoes.

See our Vegetable Pages for information on how to plant and grow 20 common crops.

• In Zones 2 to 7, sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials indoors. Good choices are: pansies, coneflowers, violets, and snapdragons.
See our Flower Guide.

In Zones 8 and higher, plant heat-loving perennials. See best flowers to start indoors.
Not sure of your Hardiness Zone? Click here.

• Aged manure can be spread over the garden, especially on asparagus and rhubarb beds. If you have frozen ground, take advantage of it by trucking loads of manure out to the garden! See our Manure Guide.

• Keep plastic milk jugs or other coverings on hand to protect the flowers of pansies, crocuses, and other early bloomers against the return of severe weather.

See tips on how to start seeds indoors.

See the rest of our gardening jobs for March.

Easter Grass

Grow real Easter grass in small containers this spring!

• About 3 weeks before Easter, fill small terra-cotta pots with potting soil, sprinkle with grass seeds, place in bright light, and keep watered.


The stormy March is come at last,
With wind, and cloud, and changing skies;
I hear the rushing of the blast
That through the snowy valley flies.

–William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

A Special Offer from The Old Farmer’s Almanac


Snow Melt Contest

We’ve had several feet of snow this winter here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac in Dublin, New Hampshire.

Tell us on what day you think the snow on our lawn will be completely melted. If you guess correctly, we’ll send you a bundle of Almanac products.

All entries must be received by March 18, 2010. Enter here!

Great Almanac Giveaway

Check out this month’s prize:

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.

New Almanac Seed Collection!
SAVE 36%—and receive a FREE 2010
Old Farmer’s Almanac!

Introducing The Old Farmer’s Almanac "Easy as 1-2-3" Seed Collection, grouping sought-after-annual best-sellers and springing you into the gardening season!

Included in this colorful collection is:
•  The Old Farmer’s Almanac Garden Journal, with four full-color seasonal sections. You’ll find pages for recording plant varieties, weather conditions, and a whole lot more. Retail value: $13.95

•  Two All-Seasons Garden Guides, packed with easy, affordable ideas for growing vegetables, tips on how to grow tomatoes, advice on bringing butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, reference charts, and more! Retail value: $3.99 each

•  A 5-pack set of garden seeds. (Choose from flowers, herbs, or vegetables.) See more details about The Old Farmer’s Almanac Seed Collection.

March Proverbs

So many mists in March we see,
So many frosts in May will be.

A peck of March dust is worth a king’s ransom.

The March sun lets snow stand on a stone.

In March much snow,
To plants and trees much woe.

A windy March and a rainy April make a beautiful May.

A dry March, a wet April.

A wet March, a sad autumn.

Better to be bitten by a snake than to feel the sun in March.

See our free Weather Lore calendar for proverbs by month.