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March Planting Calendar

March is the real beginning of the gardening season in zone 6 --- here's a rundown of our planting schedule.  Everything goes directly in the ground with no protection, unless otherwise noted.

  • Fallen bird's nestMarch 1-7: lettuce (in a cold frame), onions from seed, shelling peas, collards, kale, spinach, swiss chard
  • March 8-14: snow peas (second planting), shelling peas (second planting)
  • March 15-22: carrots, poppies, parsley
  • March 23-30: cabbage (set out seedlings), Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes (start indoors now to be set out in May)

In addition, now's a great time to finalize your garden plan for the year --- don't forget to rotate your families from last year!  Be sure to add some organic matter to your beds as you plant them.  And don't forget that March is the best time to prune your fruit trees, too.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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