What to grow in March

With spring around the corner, gardeners all over the world (or at least in the north hemisphere) are getting excited for some renewed activity in the garden, after the cold, cold winter.

 

Some general tips for this month: Apply a good amount of compost to prepare for spring transplants; increase watering frequency to compensate for higher temperatures, and place a layer of leaves, straw or humus to keep the soil temperature and moisture.

 

There is a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and fruits you can grow in March, even directly in the garden if there are not going to be more frosts in your area:

Borage

borage
Borage adapts well to all types of soils, but grows best in sandy ones. It also adapts well to all types of climates and even to part shade.  It is sowed in rows about 30 cm apart, and once planted the seeds need to be covered with soil as they need darkness to complete the germination process.

Coriander

coriander
You can grow this herb for its leaves or dried seeds. Choose a site that receives full sun. It is necessary that the soil is well drained and  with a good amount of fertilizer, like most herbs. Sow seeds 1/2 inch deep, after all danger of frost has passed. Remove the leaves at 4 inches and cover with mulch to conserve moisture and prevent weeds when plants emerge. Check young plants to ensure they do not dry.

Dill

dill

Dill doesn’t tolerate dry soils. It doesn’t get well with a dry environment so soil with regular moisture helps the plant to withstand dry conditions. Sowing is very superficial, not more than 1 cm deep and we will have the germinated seed in just two weeks. Dill is very fast growing.

Kale

kale
This trendy plant is tolerant to both heat and cold, in fact frost makes kale sweeter. You can sow kale seeds directly outdoors as soon as the soil temperature reaches about 8ºC. Cover the seeds with ½ inch of soil, separating the plants from 45 and 60cm. Water the plants as needed, and keep the soil moist but do not water them too much.

Turnip

tumip

Once one of the most consumed vegetables in Europe (before potato), when sowing turnip plants should be spaced 8-10 cm apart, seeds going about 13 mm. deep. It is important to water in abundance and keep the roots from becoming too large and fibrous. Regarding the soil, it should be light and fertile, best if you also have organic matter or compost.

Corn Salad

com salad

Before you sow corn salad, you’d better soak the seeds in water for a couple of days so as to favor germination. The process is very simple because you can form rows and then spread the seeds. Keep a distance of 10 cm between rows. This crop can be exposed to light or be in part shade.

Leek

leek

It is very easy to grow leeks and there are early , mid-season and late varieties; periods overlap with each other. You may obtain leeks with different varieties eight months a year.

Strawberries

strawberries
Strawberries can be grown both in pots or directly on the ground, if you have enough space in your garden or yard. It should be noted that the strawberry is a plant roots very easily and does not pose too many problems when planting. Also, this plant resists cold and heat very well, and is even able to survive frosts, so you should not worry if you live in a cold area. The best time to plant strawberries is in late winter and spring.

Carrots

carrot
Carrots prefer a rich soil albeit light, which is why clay soil is the least liked because of its heaviness and carrot seeds find it very difficult to form the root well. You can sow carrots in late winter and late summer depending on your climate. It is best to soak the seeds , I do an hour or two hours for a couple of hours.

Onion

onion

You can plant bulbs instead of seeds, and the best time to do it is in spring. Holes are made every 15 cm along a line, inserting a bulb into each hole and then tightening the soil around it to make it very firm.

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Is winter behind you already? We had some warm weather in the past few days, but we have a wet and cold week ahead of us, so we are still in winter mode, waiting for better days to start with the spring garden. We harvested all the cabbages, and next task will be putting some stakes for the green peas, so not too busy yet. See what’s in our plot here (click “Show Plot”).

 

What about your garden? Anything interesting happening?

 

What to Grow in December

December is probably the less appealing month in the garden, the short day and cold weather reduce the activity to a minimum and we also devote less time to the garden, since neither the climate nor the social events leave us much time on these dates.

 

But the garden is not paralyzed at all, we will always have things to do, either tending the few plants that remain, mainly by weeding, either by picking up the last harvest, or preparing the soil for the next season.

 

Anyway, there are still a few things you can grow in your garden in December. Here is the list, and I hope some  gardening will keep you warm!

 

Garlic

Garlic

It is very easy to grow, the care is simple and you can even have them in pots. Great choice If you do not have much space.

Onions

Onion

You can plant a batch now to harvest in spring, in a well drained spot of your garden.

Radishes

Radish

Radishes can be sowed anytime of the year. Remember to do successional sowing to avoid gluts of radishes you don’t know what to do with!

Broad Beans

Broad Beans

The broad bean can endure harsh and cold climates, so it’s an ideal plant for winter.

Peas

peas

Early peas are planted between the months of October and February for a spring harvest.

Herbs (indoors)

Outdoor gardening is limited during the winter months, so it can be a great option to sow some herbs in pots in a guarded area.

Basil

Basil

Basil is a very common aromatic herb to plant at home and can be used to make some delicious pesto sauce. It is easy to plant , you only need to put it where it direct sunlight and go by watering frequently. Keep in mind that this is an annual plant that is to be planted anew each year.

Chives

Chives

Chives, with their soft and spicy flavor, add a nice touch to salads and many other recipes. Chives grow fast and will soon fill the pot. When that happens, transplant it to a bigger pot.

 

Oregano

Oregano

One of the most commonly used spice in cooking is oregano, a plant of Mediterranean origin. Oregano is a very hardy plant, so you’ll have no issues growing it strong and healthy .

Parsley

Parsley

With a pot, some soil and some seeds, watering frequently and a good dose of sunshine, we can grow parsley quickly and easily any time of the year.

Thyme

Thyme

Planting is done in late winter, to provide full grown plants during spring and summer. With a packet of seeds you will have plenty for the whole year .

What’s in your garden at the moment? In our plot, we are harvesting broccoli and spinach as needed in the kitchen, and we hope to start picking some leeks soon. When (if?) it stops raining we might sow some garlic and plant some onions too.

 

Happy winter gardening!!

First planting in our garden

Our gardening adventure continues!

 

In the previous post I described how we prepared the soil by digging the plot, and left it ready for some natural fertilizer. Unfortunately our compost is not ready yet (maybe in a couple of months) so we spread some manure kindly given by a neighbour farmer. After some work with a small rotavator  (also borrowed) and a few rainy days, our plot was ready for its first plants.

 

In our first trip to the nursery (lots of firsts, I know!) we asked for plants suitable for rookie gardeners, and this is what we came back home with:

 

nursery box

 

We started with a couple of rows of strawberries. Someone is already eager to taste some fruits, gardening will teach him some patience I guess/hope:

 

Planting strawberries

 

And after about an hour of planting, this is our first prototype garden with strawberries, lettuce (green and red), onion (white and red) and broccoli, covering about half of our plot:

 

Planted garden

 

And here is how it look in Greenius:

 

Greenius plot

Have you been working on your garden lately? What are you planting and sowing this spring? Come and join us in Greenius for some gardening chat, questions, answers and fun. Happy gardening!