The March Garden {TGP}

With the start of a new season, I’m always thinking the garden should be – poof! – growing and providing food. Too bad I don’t plan and plant enough during the fall and winter to actually make that happen. I’ve looked into it, because Steve Soloman (Gardening West of the Cascades) says we can grow things year around in our climate, but to be honest, it’s just too much work.

Plus, it’s cold. And wet. And I just want to sit by the fire and knit. There, I said it – I hope you don’t revoke my street-gardening cred now, ha!

But here’s what I do have going on:

asparagus 3-13

The first asparagus are shooting their way up through the nicely mulched and weeded bed. Just a few weeks ago, it looked like this. Since this is the first crop of the season, I always make getting the beds cleaned up a priority when the first spring-like weather appears.

overwintered caul.3-13

My brother-in-law always grows such lovely and big overwintered cauliflower that I planted some seedlings at the end of summer to see how they would fare this year. Not so big, and not so lovely thanks to caterpillars, but there is a head that we can eat.

bolting cabbage

Which is a lot more than can be said for the overwintered red cabbage I planted at the same time as the cauliflower. All 6 plants have bolted (gone to seed) and they will form the see stalk without ever forming a cabbage head. Bummer.

plastic weed barriers 3-13

Our March garden may not look like much, with the piles of prunings, garden paraphernalia, and black plastic held down with whatever I could find. But those prunings mean the fruit trees and bushes will {hopefully} produce better fruit, the tomato cages will eventually hold our favorite vegetable, and the plastic means I won’t have weeds going to seed and I won’t have to to till – just rake up the dead plants, spread a layer of  mulch and plant. Yes, I’ve come to love our black plastic.

spinach rows 3-13

As for new plantings, I sowed a couple rows of spinach, as well as lettuce, snow, snap, and shell peas. We don’t grow huge amounts of any of these, so it didn’t take me long to plant in our raised beds after adding a spring layer of compost mulch. I do have some lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage seedlings that I am hardening off in the hopes to get them planted in the next week or so – but more on that and my other seedlings next week.


In the meantime, how are your gardens growing? It was a great showing at the garden party last week – so much inspiration and information!


  1. Nancy says

    This was my first winter to plant cabbage and cauliflower. It did terrible! The only thing I have been able to use is the kale, which is still growing. Love it sauteed with olive oil, onion and some sausage til just tender. It has a sweeter taste than spinach to me, I just love it. Being in Texas I already have tomato plants in, but due to a very light freeze last night, I had to cover everything! It’s already 44 this morning, so I will be out later today working some weeds out. Blessings to you and your garden!!

  2. says

    I’m with you on not gardening much in the winter. Since I live in S. Texas we can garden all year but it is so much less intense during the winter than it is during the spring/summer. But if I lived where it really got cold, I’d be snuggled up by the fire and knitting, too.

    Our green beans are coming up but we had a freak light freeze last night, I didn’t realize it until this morning, and so I’m sure we lost some of them. I went out early this morning right as the sun was rising and watered them. Hopefully they’ll make it.

  3. Amy U says

    ” Our March garden may not look like much…”
    It looks like a lot of work and a job well done! I commend you on your babysteps. (:

  4. says

    Wow! Your garden looks great! We got 4″ of snow just this past Sunday and it’s so muddy out near my garden that I can hardly get out there. I can’t wait for it to warm up a bit so I can see what’s going on. I’m jealous of your coming asparagus! Can’t wait to get some of that.

  5. says

    Wow, your garden space is SO BIG!
    I planted my first cauliflower ever this weekend. We’ll see how it goes. My mom’s advice was, “Watch for the worms.”
    I’m so excited your party is back up and running. My favorite by far!

    • says

      Your mom is so right, Mindy! I use a row cover for all the spring planted broccoli, cauliflower and cabb, but silly me, I thought the cabbage worms wouldn’t be around in the winter. Sigh.

  6. says

    I have tomato seedlings in the sunny windows that are about 1″ high…the peppers, parsley, and basil in peat pots are starting to sprout on their seedling heat mat and the Meyer’s Lemon Tree has a ton of blooms in the sunny window here in Klamath Falls! We pruned the roses and clematis this past weekend, and if it doesn’t snow, we will probably start to dig in the chicken poop/straw from over winter in the Chicken play pen on Easter Monday!

    • says

      Oh, I’ve always wanted to be able to grow a lemon tree! I tried once, but it died over the winter and I haven’t had the heart to try again. Your garden sounds like it’s progressing!

  7. says

    Hi jami,
    It so interesting to see that all of you are getting ready for the garden season whereas here in Ontario, Canada we have lots of snow on the ground. Even walking in the snow is tough. I just started maple syrup from my three maples trees. My, the secretion of syrup it looks the weather is great now to get maple syrup.
    Thanks for the update news of the garden.

  8. Cheryl says

    We’ve been eating radish thinnings for a couple of weeks. Finally had a couple today that had started to bulb. Two parsley plants doing well. Had some chard, but the bunnies got it one night when I forgot to take it in. Now I keep my pots up on a metal wagon so the plants are safe from bunnies. Grapefruit trees starting to bloom and smelling yummy.

    • says

      Oh, your comment reminded me that at this time last year we were in AZ and eating grapefruit and oranges straight from the trees! And making lemonade! Heaven. :)


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