What gardening you should be doing this March

Believe it or not, there are a lot of things that you could be doing this month to prep your garden for the warmer weather. It might seem silly given that we could see snow again this season, but trust us. Keep reading to find out how you can best help your garden shine this year!

The best times to plant trees and shrubs is either fall or spring. In the Spring, you ideally want to plant as soon as the ground thaws. The cool moist weather will give the plants the best chance to establish themselves before the harsh summer heat. 

Berries like to be planted in early Spring as well. Once the ground has thawed, get these plants in your garden. You will have to wait at least a year to see any fruit, but NJ is a great climate for these plants. Raspberries are particularly tolerant of our cold Winters so you can reap all the benefits of your work for years to come.

You can also start planting seeds for cool season veggies this early. This would include carrots, arugula, beets, pees, radishes, spinach, and plenty of herbs. Before planting, make sure to check their ideal dates for your location and climate. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, now is the time to divide certain perennials. For the sake of your plants, make sure you feel confident in your abilities to do this safely. But many perennials, like hosta and chrysanthemum can be cut into smaller sections and replanted. This could be a cheaper way to flesh out your garden year after year rather than buying more plants.

While your fruit trees are still dormant, you’ll want to go in and prune any dead or crossed branches. You want to make sure that your tree is at it’s best when it has its next growth spurt. If your tree is free to grow fresh and healthy branches, you’ll surely see this reflected in your fruit harvest as well.

If you plan on doing more gardening later this year, now is a good time to prep the beds. Remove any left over fallen leaves or weeds. Having a clean slate will make it much easier when it comes time to add new or maintain existing plants. 

Most importantly, have a plan to keep your plants safe if the temp drops below freezing. New Jersey is notorious for its confusing weather in Spring. One day it could be 70 degrees, and the next it drops to the 10s. Keep your eyes on the weather predictions and protect your plants if the temps get too low. You can cover the beds with a blanket or grow cloth to protect them from frost. 

Don’t forget about your indoor plants! They may not have had to go through as harsh of conditions as they’re outdoor cousins, but they are still going to need some attention. Check to make sure they are still happy in their current pots. Some may have grown over the Winter to the point where they are root bound. Repot any that need new homes and freshen up their soil.

What are some of your favorite plants, indoors or outdoors? We’d love to hear what you have and any tips+tricks you have for keeping them happy in the early Spring.

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