March in the Midwestern Garden

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March in the Midwestern Garden

Pull on your muck boots before you head into the yard; it’s mud season in the Midwestern garden! In Indianapolis this month, we’re hunting for bulb foliage, watching for returning birds, and cleaning up the garden after a grey winter.

What To See in the March Garden

  • Daffodils, crocus, and tulips are all pushing their way out of the soil in our zone 6 landscapes. Forgot where you planted them last year? Daffodils have round, flat tips on their leaves, while the leaves of tulips are pointed and curl a bit as soon as they come out of the ground.
  • Forsythia shrubs are an early sign of spring; watch for their brilliant yellow blooms.
  • Birds are returning to the garden. Scrub out your birdfeeders and fill them up to lure migrating birds in.
  • Fruit trees and spring-blooming shrubs have formed buds that are starting to swell. When you prune, take some branches inside to force early blooms. Just put a fresh cut on each branch and drop it into room-temperature water.

March in the Midwestern garden

What to Do This Month

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Other Tasks in the Organic Garden This Month

  • Wait for soil to become dry enough to work before doing any planting. Soil should crumble when you squeeze it in your hand; if it sticks in a ball, it’s still too wet.
  • Direct sow peas, potatoes, onions, turnips, radishes, and spinach once the soil has dried. If the soil doesn’t dry in March, push that planting back to April.
  • If you’re starting your own summer crops inside, plant them around the end of March to transplant out in early May.