March Tasks

March here in Southern Utah can be 80 degrees one day and freezing the next.  With these tempting warm temperatures, we need to remember the saying, “plant early, plant often”.   One year you may get away with planting tomatoes without a freeze, but the next you may be hit by a chillin shock the one morning to find a heavy freeze, destroying all the work you put into getting your summer crops in to early.

If you haven’t prepared your vegetable garden beds, now is the time to do so.

Root crops such as carrots, turnips, parsnips, radishes, beets can be sowed into the garden.

If you have a hard time getting beet seeds to germinate, put them into a sieve and wash them in cold running water.  This will encourage rapid germination.

Plant spinach, lettuce, green onions in successions for continued harvest.

Get those potatoes in the ground!

March is a great time to plant roses.

Keep weeds pulled while they remain small.

Use general fertilizer on overwintered crops that are beginning to break into growth.