March Gardening Plans

This month I’m continuing this month with my plans lists that I’m making from the 2010 edition of Pat Welsh’s Southern California Organic Gardening: Month by Month. February went quite well, and even though March started out super rainy, there are a few more days in March than there were in February, so I’m still good.

March Garden Plans - The Mind to Homestead

If you are not familiar with this mini-series, here is my first post in the series. It explains what this series is all about, and it also extends and invitation to you to follow along and chat with me about what’s going on in your garden each month!

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March Garden Plans

As I mentioned before, February went pretty well. I got pretty much everything done with the exception of checking the citrus trees for bugs. I did happen to check them earlier in the month when I checked them for snails, and I didn’t see anything on them, so I’m not too worried about missing that particular job. Here’s what I’m planning to do this month:

PURCHASE/PLANT

  • Plant gladioli. I recently bought some bulbs, and it’s time to get them into the ground, or a pot. I need to do a little research on where I might want to have them since the bulbs are poisonous to animals.
    Done. I planted my bulbs in pots, so I have 4 with 4-5 bulbs each in them. I’m really excited to know that I will be able to have lovely gladiolas in my home or garden each year! In regards to the poisonous nature of these, the bulbs are planted 6″ down in each container, so there’s not much of a chance that my animals can get to them.
  • Start planting summer vegetables. Last month I started some seeds indoors, and this month, it will be time to harden off those seedlings and plant them out in the garden that has been healing from last summer’s bout of nematodes. It’s been treated with shrimp shell meal, which was what was suggested by Pat Welsh (the author of the book I’m following in this series). It’s supposed to take 6 months or so to get rid of a nematode problem, so this month it should be ready for some new plants. I’ll hopefully be planting corn and zucchini, and perhaps some tomatoes.
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    TRIM, PRUNE, MOW, DIVIDE

  • Nothing this month.
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    FERTILIZE

  • Fertilize Citrus Trees We have two citrus trees at this point—a valencia orange and a blood orange. We do still have fruit on our orange tree, so I’ll need to look into whether we want to fertilize it before we pick the fruit, or wait until after. My guess is wait until after.
  • Fertilize roses. Now that I’ve got the roses moved into pots, I’ll continue to fertilize them this month.
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    WATER

  • Water roses and spring-flowering bulbs. This month I need to continue to keep my roses and spring-flowering bulbs well watered, which is easy because they are both on a watering system. I could probably cross this one out now!
    The roses that I moved last month are on my watering system and while I lost one rose bush, the other one is thriving. (Honestly, I think one of them was already dead when I transplanted it, but I figured I’d give it a try anyway.) The spring flowering bulbs are also on this watering system and are thriving quite well.
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    CONTROL PESTS, DISEASES, AND WEEDS

  • Control pests on citrus trees. This is actually something from last month that I want to briefly check. I’m pretty confident that I don’t need to do much, but I don’t want to ignore it completely.
  • Protect gladioli from slugs and snails. Depending on where I plant these, I’ll need to provide some protection from the emerging slugs and snails that will want to munch on my lovely new galdioli foliage that might start growing.
    Since I just planted my bulbs, it’s a good chance that I won’t need to watch this at all until next month, so I’m crossing it off my list for now.
  • Control cutworms and giant whitefly. I don’t know if these are things I need to worry about yet, but my inclination is the study to make sure these are not insects that affect anything that I’m growing right now. If they are, I’ll be able to figure it out quickly and deal with it.
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    ALSO THIS MONTH

  • Harvest winter vegetables. This is actually an ongoing process around here as I’m thinning the lettuce and carrots and feeding the family and the animals with the thinnings.
    This pretty much goes without saying. I harvest lettuce and carrots by thinning all my plantings, using those veggies to feed to my animals. Once the gardens are thinned enough for the veggies to grow larger, I stop pulling plants out, and just take leaves or foliage off to feed our family and animals. The exception are the carrots which occasionally are taken for the animals. Whatever is left at the end of the season gets used by us or canned.
  • Plant all berry plants that I bought last weekend. Not this past weekend, but the weekend before, you might remember that I bought some berry plants (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry). I was planning to plant them over this past weekend, but we had quite a lot of rain, which threw a wrench in those plans. I need to get to this more sooner than later this month.
    All of the berry plants have now been planted in pots for now so that I can give them the proper attention this season. Where we have planted in the past hasn’t been ideal and because of my own gardening habits (read: because I only frequent certain areas of my yard), I hadn’t been able to keep a close eye on them. They are now in “my territory” and doing great.
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    I think that’s it for now. I will likely be adding things to this list as I think of them, so I won’t forget to do important things.

    What are your March gardening plans?
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Comments

  1. angi says

    Great list! I planted about 100 bulbs in my front flower beds a couple of weeks ago and that night a ferrel bunny decided to burrow down, evict some bulbs and make that her nest.

  2. Samantha @ Runamuk Acres says

    Nice! Here in this part of Maine, I’m still waiting for 2+ feet of snow to melt and buds to form on the trees! Winter has extended it’s stay this year and I am most anxious to play in the dirt–hell, I’d even welcome mud at this point!!!

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