Garden Chores By Month: March

Garden Chores by Month-March - An Oregon Cottage

March is probably one of the most exciting months of the gardening season for us in the north (where the last frost is usually sometime in April) – when everything starts waking up, there are some sunny days and the dreams of a perfect garden are still fresh and within the realm of possibility. Hey – that’s what gardening dreams are all about aren’t they? Every year could be THE year.

Whether we’re aiming for perfection or just getting by, the chores for March revolve around catching weeds while they’re little, starting seeds, and finishing any garden clean-up we need to do.

Garden Chores for March

Vegetable & Fruit Garden:
  • Plant small lettuce & spinach seedlings
  • Plant onion seedlings
  • Plant peas and potatoes around the 17th
  • Fertilize berries with compost or organic fertilizer
  • Plant 1st rows of carrots & beets
  • Make sure asparagus beds are clean – cover with layer of compost to be ready for producing
Flower Beds:
  • Do any garden clean-up if needed – cutting dead growth, etc.
  • Get aggressive with weeding before the weeds become established
  • Start applying newspaper and mulch to beds as they are weeded
  • Continue working on pruning and dividing perennials as needed
  • Plant dahlia & gladiola bulbs
  • fertilize evergreen shrubs (rhodedndrons, azaleas)
Seed Starting Inside:
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Brassicas – cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. (second set or first if none started in Feb.)
  • Chard & Kale
  • Basil
  • Annual flowers

Note: This list is not comprehensive by any means, but meant to provide a jumping-off point to organizing your garden chores. Feel free to print the list and add any of your own specific chores to the sections.



  1. Well I’ve been weeding and pruning. Fertilized the Rhododendrons I’m not going to start a veggie garden this year. We are going to put the house on the market and I need to find a different job over an hour commute so there will be little time for extra work. It bums me, but when we move I will start over with a new garden

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