March Gardening Chores

March and April are typically the busiest months in the yard for me – you know, getting things ready so everything looks stunning all summer long.  In my dreams.  Below, I’ve put together a little list of things you should get done right now, so you’re not trying to jam it all in at the last second.  So get to work, bums.

lawn fertilizer

Spring Lawn Care

Now’s the time to add lime and fertilizer to your poor deprived lawn, that has been waiting sadly and lonely all winter, just itching to start growing and basking in the sun’s warmth again.  So give it some love, and it will reward you with its lush, green, inviting appearance.  Lime counteracts the naturally acidic soil conditions here in the valley; lawns grow poorly in acid soil conditions and fertilizers don’t work as well, so lime it up!


sweet peas

Plant Cool Weather Flowers

If you’d like to add some color to your yard now, you can go ahead and plant some cool weather flowers such as Violas, Pansies, and Primroses.  These little gems are fuss-free, and bask in cooler temps, so don’t worry about the little dears getting too cold.


tomato seedlings

Seed Starting

If you’re planning on growing your veggies from seed this year, now’s the time to start Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, and Onions.  You gotta get them going now so they have time to grow a little bit before you stick them outside for good.  For a great seed starting tutorial, check out Tomato Headquarters site.  Probably the best guide I’ve ever read, so I figure you can read it there instead of me re-typing everything here.


cimmaron lettuce

Plant Cool Weather Veggies

You can also start planting some seeds directly outdoors this month, too.  Here’s the list:  Peas, Broccoli, Carrots, Cauliflower, Spinach, Arugula, and Lettuces.  At the end of the month, you can plant Radish and Beets as well.  Oh, and potatoes.  And while you’re at it, sow some sweet pea seeds, too.  They’re magical.

When prepping your garden soil, add some lime, dammit.  And fluff up that soil.  Your seeds will have a hard time stretching out their roots if the soil is hard as a rock.


Fertilize Evergreen Shrubs and Trees

Wake up the work horses of your yard – the evergreens.  They hold onto their leaves for dear life through the most hideous weather, and look pretty dang good doing it.  Now’s the time to treat them for their efforts.


tulameen raspberry

Fertilize Caneberries

It’s also time to fertilize any caneberries you might have.  Raspberries, Blackberries, Marionberries, etc.



Divide Perennials

If you have any perennials that are becoming overgrown, or crowding everyone else out, now’s the time to dig those things up and divide them.


If you get to these chores this month, you will be well on your way to that point in every gardener’s life when you can sigh happily, smile, and give yourself a pat on the back.  Note that I said you’ll have to give yourself a pat on the back, because non-gardener’s don’t really appreciate what goes into making a yard look so good!





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