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Growing food in March

In Uncategorized on 03/07/2012 by jenn in the yarden

We harvested some beets this week, freeing up a square for lettuce. Though the yarden is still full of winter crops, as soon as any squares are harvested, I’ll plant lettuce, parsley, carrots, arugula, and cilantro.

This is the first month of Tomatomania, so I’ll probably succumb to the temptation of putting in a start or two this month. I’ll plant the tomatoes in the warmest, most protected part of the yarden, so they should be fine. I won’t plant anymore tomatoes until next month, when the soil temperature stays above 65 degrees or so. Check out the event sites for Tomatomania at  www.tomatomania.com

Summer vegetables can be started this month:

Artichokes, chayote, corn, green beans, New Zealand spinach.

Plant cucumbers, summer and winter squash mid-March.

I had a random 6-pack of broccoli last week, so I put that in for a last winter crop. You can also put in these cool-weather crops: head lettuce, kohlrabi, potatoes, and cabbage. Beets, chard, and turnips can be planted any time of year.

My son has been commissioned to grow turnips, so we’ll be filling squares with this favorite crop as well!

Happy spring growing!

~the list of veggies to grow this month was boldly lifted from (my favorite gardening book) Pat Welsh’s Southern California Gardening-A Month-by-Month Guide~

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