Your Regional Garden News - Zone 8

March 1 to March 31


Discover what you should be doing right now.  Our experts share gardening advice, techniques, news, and ideas to make your garden the best ever.  

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    Learn about bringing the garden to the table

    One step of gardening that gets overlooked, in my opinion, is what happens once the vegetables ripen, the herbs are fragrant, and the flowers open. We talk a lot about what’s going on in the garden, and how to garden, but not what happens once everything gets harvested and picked from the garden. What if you started your planning process with the end in mind? Decided upon what vegetables to grow based on what you wanted to grill? Or which flowers to plant based on what would make a beautiful bouquet? Here are some ideas to get you started.



    Select warm-weather vegetable seeds

    Once you have a firm idea about what your culinary plans are for the year, you can start selecting warm weather vegetables. You’ll want to start seeds early in the month so they’ll be ready to harden off and plant out in Mid-April. The Sweet Carnival Mix peppers packet is a fun blend of colorful peppers to liven up any stir fry dish. The Brandywine tomato is an heirloom beefsteak that has stood the test of time, and is a must for every garden. Black Beauty is a tried and true eggplant that’s easy to grow, with good flavor.



  • Grow a cutting flower garden

    We talk about planting cutting flowers because it’s just so nice to have fresh flowers in the house. And what’s better than a bouquet from your own garden? Forget about florist flowers that have been pumped full of preservatives. Zinnias, annual rudbeckia, and cleome (spiderflower) are easy to grow and last a long time in a vase. They all need full sun to grow. You can dump all of the seeds together and just scatter them or plant them in rows for ease of cutting and care.



    Learn about growing edibles in containers

    If you find the idea of growing a big vegetable garden in the ground to be a bit, well, intimidating, then take a step back and plan a garden of edibles in containers. You can even grow small fruits such as strawberries and blueberries in containers. Learn about which varieties are best and how to make the most of your small space or busy schedule.



    What you need for seed starting

    Now’s your last chance to really get going with indoor seed starting. We have some new products available this year that will make this easier. Seedling misters help you keep seeds damp without overwatering and drowning them. If you have a convenient sunny windowsill, you’ll like our new Windowsill Greenhouse Kit. If you need to start a lot of seeds and you have a relatively dark space, think about a light cart. Seeds started under grow lights are healthier and stronger than those started without.

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