Mid-February has arrived, and garden plans can finally be put into motion. Beginning in March, cool season vegetables can be planted, whether by seed or plant. We’ve talked before about how to grow seedlings if you don’t want to purchase those that have already been brought up. Now let’s discuss those plants that can soon be planted.
Veggies that can be planted in March include Broccoli, Carrots, Collard greens, Kale, Mustard Seed, Onion, peas, radishes, and turnips. The USDA divides the US into different hardiness zones and therefore different planting schedules. The Vegetable Garden website provides some great resources that will help you know what to plant and when. Preparedness is everything when it comes to vegetable gardens; planting too early or late in the season can be the difference between getting a harvest and not.
The same website also provides a fantastic vegetable catalog, complete with pictures of the veggies in question, descriptions, uses, ideal planting conditions, and varieties available.
If it’s fruit that you’re more interested in growing, Gardeners.com has a useful guide that covers how to choose a planting site, select and purchase healthy plants, and plant a fruit tree. One of the most important topics it covers is pollination, which is essential when growing fruit that does not self-pollinate.
Perhaps the most important thing to be thinking about as we get closer to planting season is pests and how to control them. Common pests like aphids and slugs can devastate entire crops and ruin all our hard work. Many people choose to spray for pests, but if you plan to grow organically, that’s obviously not an option. In that case, it’s important to be vigilant in monitoring plant health but also tolerant of some pest damage here and there.