March Garden Guide
Veggies and flowers to plant in March
Vegetables: Asian greens, beetroot, beans, broad beans, carrots (all S); broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, endive, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, radish, rocket, silverbeet, spinach, swede, turnip, watercress
Flowers: pansy, viola, cineraria, poppy, primula, snapdragon, stock, sweet pea
(S = seed, A = advanced seedlings)
What seeds to get going in preparation for seedlings this month
Celery, Asian greens, beetroot, cabbage, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, endive, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, radish, silverbeet, swede, turnip, rocket, watercress.
What to harvest, store and preserve this month
Beans (dried), potatoes and sweet potatoes (store in dark cupboard), tomatoes (passata, sundried tomatoes), seed of parsley, lettuces, carrots and coriander. Melons and pumpkins – watch for vines dying back, knock on melons to see if they sound hollow. Cut pumpkins with plenty of stalk and let them cure for a few weeks before using or storing over winter. Don’t lift them by the stalk in case it breaks and damages the pumpkin!
Garden jobs this month
Watch out for any decent rain and use the opportunity for fertilising the productive garden and then planting natives and perennials, especially in the outer zones of the garden that may not have had as much attention yet. With shorter days and less intense heat, shading can be removed (except for any last hot spikes). Give citrus a feed while there’s still enough warmth for them to use it, especially if they are potted. Plan winter deciduous tree planting and get on with soil improvement in preparation – e.g. plonk a compost bin there!F
Featured Permaculture Principle: Obtain a Yield
(Read more about this principle here.)
This principle is all about enjoying and appreciating what’s available right now…for us that’s lots of lemon verbena tea, fresh apples, stewed apples, apple juice, zucchini fritters, strawberries, watermelon, cherry tomatoes, kale, and the first of this year’s slow-ripening passionfruit.
Upcoming Gardening and Permaculture Workshops and Courses in South Australia
Introduction to Permaculture
Hove, SA – 29th March, 10am-4pm
Torrensville, SA – 21st March, 10am-12pm