March: What to Plant & Sow Outdoors

Nothing is certain in March, except that it will be uncertain. There are a myriad of helpful guides for what to plant outdoors during the spring and summer months, but they are just that, guidelines. If the soil is sufficiently warmed, and not too damp, then certain plants can be sown. I wouldn’t put your favorite, last precious ten seeds of some rare variety in the ground yet. This is experimental time.

Keep in mind that whatever you plant out will be delicate in the cold breezes and may need extra care and protection. It is also time to start checking the weather for frost warnings and preparing plants for such an event. I also like to put these first seedlings somewhere convenient so I can keep an eye on them.

Sow Outdoors: these can be directly sown in their final spot

  • beets
  • broccoli
  • carrots* if you put them under a cloche or cold frame, otherwise they’ll not germinate
  • lettuce
  • peas
  • potatoes
  • radish
  • turnips

Plant Outdoors: all plants must be hardened off, meaning set them outside to acclimate to the weather for several days, bringing in overnight

  • board beans
  • cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • lettuce
  • onions
  • peas
  • spinach


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