What to Plant in March

Posted on March 1, 2014

What to Plant in March

March brings the official coming of spring. While many regions are still blanketed in snow, spring is a sign for most that it’s time to get the garden going again. Some areas will plant only cold season vegetables but the options will be even greater for warm climates. March is also a great time to get many of those summer vegetables started indoors for just about everyone. Here’s a breakdown of what to plant in March for each region of the United States.

ALASKA
In most parts of Alaska it is still far too cold to begin planting outdoors in March. However, this is a good time to start many vegetables inside or in a greenhouse. Along with these, start any plants that need two months or more before transplant but be sure to calculate the day of your last average frost, as they can vary greatly through this region.

Sow Indoors: celery, leeks, onions, peppers and tomatoes.

CENTRAL/MIDWEST
While you can continue to plant cool weather crops indoors in March in the Central Midwest, you’ll also begin to start direct sowing seeds outside in many parts of this region.

Sow Indoors: bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, eggplant, endives, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, peppers, radicchio, scallions, tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: basil, cilantro, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

Sow Outdoors: arugula, beets, bok choy, carrots, endives, fava beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, mache, parsnip, peas, potatoes, radish, radicchio, sorrel, spinach and turnips.

Outdoor Herbs: chives, cilantro and parley.

GULF COAST
Sow Indoors: eggplant and basil.

Sow Outdoors: beans (snap), beets, cantaloupe, carrots, chard, corn, cucumbers, kohlrabi, lettuce, peas, potatoes, radish and squash.

Outdoor Herbs: basil, cilantro and savory.

HAWAII
Many herbs, fruits and vegetables can be planted year round in Hawaii. Here are some of the best for planting in March.

Sow Outdoors: cabbage, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, melons, onions, radish, peppers, spinach, squash, strawberries, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.

MID-ATLANTIC
March is an ideal time to start planting for most of the Mid-Atlantic region.

Sow Indoors: artichokes, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, celery, chard, eggplant, endives, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, peppers, raddichio, scallions and tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: basil, chives, cilantro, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

Sow Outdoors: arugula, beets, bok choy, carrots, endives, fava beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, mache, parsnips, peas, potatoes, radish, radicchio, sorrel, spinach and turnips.

Outdoor Herbs: chives, cilantro and parsley.

NEW ENGLAND
In most parts of New England, you’ll only be planting indoors in March, but some areas may see a few vegetables suitable for direct seeding.

Sow Indoors: bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, celery, chard, endives, fennel, kale, leeks, lettuce, mache, onions, peppers, radicchio, scallions, spinach and tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: basil, chives, cilantro, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

Sow Outdoors: carrots, fava beans, mache, peas, radish and sorrel.

NORTH CENTRAL & ROCKIES
March is generally still a bit too early to begin planting outdoors in the North Central and Rockies region. However, you can still get a head start planting indoors.

Sow Indoors: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, endives, kale, leeks, lettuce, mache, onions, peppers, radicchio, scallions, spinach and tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: basil, chives, fennel, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

PACIFIC NORTHWEST
March is a good time to begin planting cold weather vegetables in the Pacific Northwest. Still, the vast majority of your gardening will be done indoors until April for most of this region.

Sow Indoors: artichokes, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, celery, chard, eggplant, endives, fennel, leeks, lettuce, onions, radicchio, scallions and tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: chives, cilantro, marjoram, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme.

Sow Outdoors: arugula, lettuce, mustard greens, potatoes and spinach.

SOUTHERN INTERIOR
Sow Outdoors: arugula, beets, bok choy, carrots, endives, fava beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, mache, peas, potatoes, radish, radicchio, sorrel, spinach and turnips.

Sow Indoors: broccoli, celery, chard, eggplant, endives, fennel, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, mache, onions, peppers, radicchio, scallions and tomatoes.

Indoor Herbs: basil, marjoram and savory.

Outdoor herbs: chives, cilantro, dill and parsley.


SOUTHWEST
Climate can vary greatly in some parts of the Southwest, so be sure to check your local frost dates.

Sow Indoors: chard.

Sow Outdoors: beans, beets, cantaloupe, carrots, corn, peanuts, radish, spinach and watermelon.

OTHER MARCH GARDENING TIPS
Begin working that soil as soon as it begins to thaw. Test and amend as needed to bring up the fertility and balance your pH.

Be sure to give indoor seedlings plenty of warmth and light. If you grow leggy, weak seedlings you’ll defeat the purpose of starting them indoors early.


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