Monday, March 5, 2012
March NW Garden News
March is a tough month for me. You can wake up and have a wonderful sunny day. Get lots of things done in the garden and think of stuff to do tomorrow. Wake up the next day and it can be rainy and cold out. This is when you want to start thinking of hardy plants. These "hardy" plants can withstand temperatures as low as 25 degrees. They also can be planted in the fall and left out. When spring comes they bloom in fully glory.
Half hardy plants are not as tolerant. They can withstand freezing temperatures but only for a few days. They love night temperatures of 40-50's and although you can start them early, I wouldn't put them outside till April. Plants that can be started early but not planted till April are carrots, beets, Chinese cabbage, dill, summer savory, spring broccoli and cauliflower.
Tender plants can be killed with the slightest weather chance. I have learned this lesson the hard way. This year will be different and I will wait it out for good weather. Tomatoes will be planted in May. Heat-dependent crops such as basil, peppers and eggplants cannot be planted until the first of June. Most recommend to grow them under a cloche all summer long.
With that being said here's your great list of plants for the month of March.
SOW OUTDOORS throughout March
Onion family-Onion sets (for green onions)
Chervil-Brussels Winter, Turnip Rooted
Parsley-Hamburg Root Parsley
Radishes-French Breakfast, Fluo, Easter Egg, White Icicle, Tokinashi
Turnips-Tokyo Market, Ohno Scarlet, Presto, Orange Jelly, Golden Ball, Yorii Spring
Spinach-Tyee, Wolter, Skookum, Olumpia
Swiss Chard-Five-colored Silver Beet(bright lights), Chorlotte, Fordhook, Rhubarb, Perpetual Spinach
Snap Peas-Cascadia, Sugar Daddy
Snow Peas-Oregon Giant, Oregon Sugar Pod, Dwarf Grey Sugar
Shelling Peas-Petit Pois, Wavertex, Maestro, Oregon Trail, Olympia
Garbanzo Beans-Black Kabouli, Chestnut Lentils
Jerusalem Artichokes-Dwarf Sunray, Fuseau, Smooth Garnet, Stampede.
Potatoes-Bintje, Yellow Finn, Urgenta, Ruby Cresent, Russian Banana, Anna Cheeka's Ozette, Peruvian Blue, Cinnabar, Blue Cloud, Sunset, Rojo, Blossom.
SOW UNDER A CLOCHE
Carrots,baby-Gigante D'Italia, Italian Flat-Leaf, Darki, Krausa
Broccoli-Calabrese, Premium Crop, Romenesco, Umpqua, Rosiland, Decicco, Shogun
Broccoli Raav-Spring Raab
Cabbage-Early Jersey Wakefield, Golden Acre, Red Acre, Salarite, Derby Day
Mustard-Green Wave, Red Giant, Mizuna.
Radishes-Cherry Belle, French Breakfast, Flue, Easter Egg, White Icycle.
Oriental Greens-Pac Choi, Joi Choi, Tah Tsai, Komatsu-na
Beets-Detroit Dark Red, Chioggia, Early Wonder, Kestral
Endive-Frisee, President, Perfect
Lettuce-Deer Tongue, Red Ridinghood, Drunken Woman Fringe-Headed, Mascara, Bronze Arrow, Simpson, Freckles, Capiraine, New Red Fire
SOW INDOORS TO TRANSPLANT
Chives-Grolau, Pink Flowered, Common
Leeks-(early tall varieties)Varna, Otina, Splendid, Le Lyon, Sherwood.
Green Onions-Evergreen White, Ishikuri Long, Red Beard, Welsh Onion, Kincho Long
Celeriac-Brilliant, Diamant, Giant Prague, Dolvi
Celery-Utah, Red Stalk, Ventura
Cutting Celery-Heung-Kun, Par-cel, Dinant, Amsterdam Fine, Mitsuba
Finnocchio-(bulbing Fennel)Romy, Perfection
Parsley-Italian Flat, Gigante D'Italia, Moss Curled, Krausa
Broccoli-Calabrese, Premium Crop, Romenesco, Umpqua, Rosiland, Decicco
Cabbage-Early Jersey Wakefield, Golden Acre, Red Acre, Solarite, Derby Day.
Cauliflower-Early Snowball, Snow Crown, Ravella
Good King Henry
New Zealand Spinach
Lemon Anise Hyssop
Now get in the garden and get dirty!