Gardener’s To-Do List for March

Here’s a zone-by-zone to-do list for the month of March.

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March to-do list for zone 5March To-Do List For Zone 5

  • Start warmth-loving crops—such as tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants—indoors under lights.
  • Transplant early tomatoes into larger pots, planting the stem deeper into the soil for additional root growth.
  • Start annual flowers, such as marigolds and zinnias, indoors under lights.
  • Tie up ornamental grasses, and use a serrated bread knife to cut them back to a few inches above ground level.
  • Trim dead or damaged branches from trees, shrubs, and roses.
  • In the vegetable garden, begin to plant potatoes, peas, lettuce, radishes, and carrots.
  • Late in the month, transplant pansies outdoors; also, sow seeds of nasturtiums and sweet peas.
  • At month's end, transplant an early tomato outdoors, protected by a Wallo'Water. Before you plant, fill the planting hole with warm water.
  • Start seeds of perennials—such as columbine (Aquilegia spp.), campanula, bellflower (Campanula spp.), blanket flower (Gaillardia spp.), globeflowers (Trollius spp.), and pyrethrum (Tanacetum coccineum)—indoors under lights.

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