Your March Garden

March 7, 2018

 

Welcome to March...a season of indecisiveness in San Antonio! The weather can't seem to decide whether it's going to be unseasonably warm or unseasonably cold! There's still a small risk of frosts in March, so you'll want to transplant with caution, In fact, it may be more beneficial to transplant into large pots that you can move inside in case the weather freezes up. 

 

Regardless, when the weather is nice, you'll want to take advantage of it and get outside to sow some seeds!

 

So, what should you plant in March? 

 

Vegetables: Beans, Beets, Black-eyed Peas, Corn, Cucumber, Pumpkin and Summer Squash.

 

Herbs: Chives, Lavender, Oregano, Mint, Rosemary, Thyme

 

Annuals: Cypress Vine, Gourds, Marigolds, Moonflowers, Morning Glory, Sunflowers, Zinnias

 

Bulbs: Day Lilies, Cannas, Giant Elephant Ears

 

Perennials, Daisy, Plumbago, Esperanza, Firebush

 

Lawn Care

 

If the leaves have covered the ground, run the mower over them at a slow to chop the leaves finely. A bag attachment will be helpful, and when it's full, empty the bag into your flower or vegetable beds. The mulched leaves will be a wonderful compost, helping your soil It's also time to fertilize the lawn. 

 

Clean Up

 

Look over your garden and remove hiding places for garden pests. Remove leaves and gather fallen limbs. Check for aphids on new plants, especially transplants and spray if you need to, every 3 to 5 days until the problem is gone. You may also find a powdery mildew on your new foliage, particularly on crepe myrtles and roses. You can actually spray this away with milk, every 5 to 7 days!

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