Gardeners now have one foot in winter, the other in spring -- with their eyes straight ahead on summer.
Straddling seasons, March offers an opportunity to plant a wide variety of vegetables and flowers. Take advantage of dry days and dig in:
- Plant seed for beets, carrots, celeriac, celery, collards, endive, fennel, jicama, kale, leaf lettuce, mustard, peas, potatoes, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.
- Also, there's time for one last round of cool-weather veggies; transplant lettuce and cole family plants, such as cabbage, broccoli, collards and kale.
- Start seed indoors for summer and winter squash, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes. They'll be ready to transplant in late April or May.
- Before warmer spring weather kicks into full gear, this is your last chance to plant such annuals as pansies, violas and primroses.
- Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.
- For spring and summer flowers, plant seed for aster, cornflower, cosmos, larkspur, nasturtium, nicotiana, periwinkle, portulaca, rudbeckia, salvia, snapdragon, verbena and zinnias.
- Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted while the weather remains relatively cool.
- Feed roses and other spring-flowering shrubs, so they can get off to a fast start.
- Pull weeds now! Get them while they're small and easier to pull. Better yet, use a hoe to whack them off just below the soil line.
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