Tuesday, March 5, 2013

What to sow or plant in March

(thanks Kelly)

Beta vulgaris from Lalbagh during flower show
It may be harvest time, but it’s also planting time, especially with this recent (glorious) rain.

The soil is warm, the nights are a little cooler, and these few weeks will set up key winter and spring crops. So if your plot is ready to go, best get cracking. The bonus: it’s one of the loveliest times of year for gardening.

Here are some plants you can get in the ground now:

  • Asparagus
  • Beetroot
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli seedlings
  • Brussels sprouts seedlings
  • Cabbage seedlings
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower seedlings
  • Coriander
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions (brown)
  • Pak choy
  • Parsnip
  • Radicchio
  • Shallots
  • Silver beet or rainbow chard
  • Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Tatsoi
  • Turnip

If you haven’t already sown seeds for brassica (cabbage family), it’s possibly a little late, so seedlings are the best option.

If you’re willing to risk a random frost over winter, you can also sow peas now.

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