When you are new to gardening (or not so new) it can be hard to figure out what vegetables to plant in March so we are going to help you out with that. March is a great month to get some vegetable starts in the ground, and some veggie seeds planted for your spring garden.
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What To Plant In March For A Spring Garden
The first step is figuring out what growing zone you are in. Here in Tennessee, we are in zone 7, you can find out what your growing zone is by visiting Burpee’s Growing Zone Map and putting in your zip code.
Once you know what growing season you are in you can figure out what to plant in March. We’ve listed the most common veggies by the growing zone below.
Is March To Early To Start Planting?
Depending on where you live March is the perfect time to get your garden started! Especially if you are wanting to start your garden from seeds. March is the perfect time to plant cold-hardy vegetables in the garden and start warm-season crops in a window or greenhouse.
What To Do For A Spring Garden
Before you even start thinking about what vegetables to plant in March you need to prepare your garden:
- What To Do Now For A Spring Garden
- Preparing Your Garden For Spring
- How To Plan A Garden In 4 Easy Steps
Vegetables To Plant In March
Here are some common vegetables that you should plant in March:
- Asparagus plant asparagus crowns in the ground remember to plant them where they can grow for years and has plenty of room for their roots. Cover with well-rotted compost.
- Artichoke is one of those slow-growing vegetables that need plenty of time to grow. Start them indoors as they don’t care for the cold.
- Tomatoes are another great one to start early to jump-start your growing season once it is warm and the last danger of frost has passed.
- Eggplant is another one of those slow-growing vegetables that need to be started early, which makes it another good one to start.
- Beets are another one of those great vegetables to plant in March. Soak your seed overnight in lukewarm water, drain, place seed 1 inch deep and 1 inch apart. Cover loosely soil, and gently firm. If transplanting: transplant seedlings when 3 inches.
- Cabbage is another great one on our what vegetables to plant in March. Plants should be set 18 inches apart. Plant started cabbage, don’t try to sow cabbage seed this late.
- Carrots also make our list of what vegetables to plant in March. Seed must be covered very lightly. I like to surface sow mine and cover it with a piece of wood until they sprout.
- Chard is another one on our list of what to plant in March because it can hold up to frosts and quite cold temperatures in the garden.
- Peas are another one that makes our list of what vegetables to plant in March. Peas can handle frosts (however their flowers are frost tender.
- Radishes are another good vegetable to plant in March because they can handle cold weather and sprout quickly. Try sowing them around your carrots so you know where the lines of carrots are until they sprout.
- Spinach is another one on our what vegetable to plant in March list because it can’t handle hot temperatures.
- Turnips also make this list of what to plant in March. Like radish these guys like cooler weather.
- Herbs depending on where you live you can also direct sow seeds of chervil, dill, fennel, parsley, pot marjoram, and sorrel.
- Lettuce can handle the cold weather which means it’s the perfect vegetable to grow in March.
- Kale is another one on our list of what to plant in March, because it can handle the cold weather.
Planting A March Garden
Figure out when your last frost date is and make sure any warm-season crops you start are in a place safe from frosts or freezes. If your plants are cold hardy they can go out into the garden (if it’s going to get very cold you can use row covers to protect them). I like to start my seeds indoors and then transplant them out into the garden once they have leafed out a bit.
Have a question about what vegetables to plant in March? Drop them in the comments and we will try to answer them!
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