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March in the Garden

Updated on July 31, 2016
A mild winter means a burst of early growth in my flower border by the mailbox.
A mild winter means a burst of early growth in my flower border by the mailbox. | Source

Because of the mild winter here on the Delmarva Peninsula, the trees are leafing out, the daffodils are blooming, and the lawns are greening up. Usually the lirope dies down during the winter, but not this year.

I cannot recall such a mild winter, and am looking forward to the coming spring and summer, and wondering what they have in store.



March Tasks

  • Check your asparagus beds for tender, early shoots - cover if a late heavy frost is forecast.
  • Prepare your garden soil as soon as it is dry enough, which means a handful of soil, when squeezed, crumbles easily. If so, then work in three and a half to five pounds of lime per 100 square feet of garden, and add two to three inches of compost or organic matter such as shredded leaves.
  • Sow sees of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. Sow about 20 seeds of each, allowing for poor germination and weak plants, in 4-inch pots filled with commercial potting soil. Set pots in a warm, bright spot and when seedlings are about one inch tall, transplant the best ones into individual spaces in six-packs.
  • Grow a pea patch. It's easy. First moisten the seeds with water and dust with a legume innoculant. No other fertilizer is necessary at this point. Sow in a trench about four inches deep and six inches wide. Cover with one inch of soil and tamp down. Stick branches in the ground for the tendrils to grow up into.
  • If you have a willow tree, start a fedge, which is a cross between a hedge and a fence. Simply take 3-foot cuttings from your willow tree and push them down into the ground about 6-inches where you want a little privacy. Place the cuttings about a foot apart. Allow the cuttings to root and then criss-cross them and tie in place with twist-ties.
  • Speaking of willows. If your pussy willow hasn't bloomed out yet, take cuttings, place in a vase of warm water and enjoy a beautiful bouquet. For a long-lasting arrangement, spray the silver catkins with hairspray to keep them from blooming all the way out.
  • After your daffodils bloom, allow the foliage to die down naturally.
  • Transplant trees, shrubs and perennials.
  • Plant pansies for early spring color. They will last until hot weather arrives.
  • Prune fruit trees.
  • After all danger of frost remove dead, dried vegetation from around your daylilies, lirope, or other groundcover.
  • Apply mulch after cleaning up your borders.


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    • CassyLu1981 profile image

      CassyLu1981 5 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      Great advice!!! I love the spring because of all the flowers and gardening :) Eventually I'll get started on my own! Thanks for the information!

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Very good hub! Lots of great information. Spring has sprung early here in Oklahoma too! I just hope we don't go into another drought this year. Thank you for sharing such great advice. Voted up and useful. Have a beautiful day! :)

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Spring is the most beautiful time of year. Here in NZ we have had a very disappointing summer with a lot more rain than usual and now we are into Autumn and today was like a summers day 84 degrees and beautiful. Such strange weather this year. IYou have me already longing for our next spring to arrive in September :)

      Thank you for sharing

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      So delighted you found it useful thoughtforce. Thank you for your comments.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is my favourite time of the year and spring is always a bit magical! The winter has been very mild here in Sweden too and I am so pleased with that since it makes life so much easier. Thanks for the inspiration and the list of things to look forward too. I need to wait some time before I start in the garden, but I can dream and make plans so I am ready when spring is here! Voted up, useful


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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you and good luck with the morning glory fedge.

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      Stoill Barzakov 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

      Interesting plan.

      I think of making a natural curtain with morning glories this summer.

      I hope it will work fine.

      Voted Up ;) and thumbs up.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      It has been so warm here I think I've missed the pea-planting season.

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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Thanks for the reminder about a pea patch. I need to get going on that very soon. My soil is still fairly wet, though. These next few days of windy weather should help to dry things out a bit. And I do intend to plant a hedge, either of holly or fast-growing hybrid willow. Love the springtime!

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Thank you Nell. It is supposed to hit 70 here today, which hasn't happened since 2000. I just hope it doesn't mean 100 degrees all Summer.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, isn't it lovely knowing that Spring has arrived? I noticed today, that the cherry blossoms were out in full force, and suddenly realised that I had not noticed the flowers either, we have had a mild winter here in Southern England too, apart from a bit of snow last week, its been lovely, great hub and it shows its time for summer! lol! rated up! cheers nell