March Garden Work

Yesterday was the beginning of a week of forecasted record warm temperatures. It was in the 70s here in Mid-March which is unheard of. Usually we’re watching for a late snowstorm at this time of year.

I took advantage of the weather to do some yard work. I raked the leaves out of the flower gardens. Now I can see the delicate sprouts like this sedum.

There are a few blooms in the front, the snow drops and the yellow winter acconite. More will be coming soon!

It was too warm out front in the sun so I moved to the garden in the back. I weeded the cold frame. Lots of greens in are there beginning to rebound.


I decided to open up the hoop frame and weed it. The winter lettuce mixes from Fedco did very well. I need to begin harvesting these greens.

Then there were nice empty spaces so I transplanted spinach, chard & arugula into the empty spaces. I left the plastic off since it will be so warm this week.

The soil seemed pretty workable and so I decided to plant peas. It’s two weeks early, but why not? So I pulled the brussels sprouts & kale, added compost to the row, and dug down the path and mounded it on top of the row too. Then I planted peas. We’ll have to go back and put in the stakes and fencing later this week.

Finally, I turned over the rye grass in the next bed where the kale and cole crops will go. It takes a while to kill the rye grass and so it’s good to start the process now. (Peas on the right, turned rye grass on the left).

Here’s the garden at the end of the afternoon.

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4 Responses to March Garden Work

  1. Marcia says:

    You had a busy day in the yard. My peas have sprouted. I need to check to be sure nothing has nibbled them.

  2. Sarah says:

    What’s rye grass? Is that what we get rye seeds from for rye bread?

  3. Sarah says:

    woops. i just re-read your post … i guess it isn’t the thing we get rye for bread from since its weed that your trying to get out of your garden

    • Emily says:

      Actually Sarah, it is a cover crop. I plant it in the fall and it holds the soil together & prevents weeds from growing. In the spring I turn it under and it enriches the soil. And this year it has the added benefit of being green before anything else so the chickens are enjoying it.
      However, I have found that if I don’t get it turned under, it becomes a weed in that if any green leaves are showing, it continues to grow.

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