Regional Gardening Guide - Zone 5-6

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When March arrives, it is time to get out in the garden especially on the “lamb” like days when the air is cool and the ground is moist. On those “lion” days, there is also work we can do indoors for the garden.


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1.) Work on garden clean up and soil prep, weather permitting.

1. Weather permitting, check around the garden for winter damage. Though snow is a good insulator, it can also cause problems so look for damage caused by snow and ice. Be alert for rodent and deer damage as well. Check any tender bulbs you are storing for the winter.


2.) Sow seeds outdoors.

2. Sow seeds for frost tolerant vegetables like peas, radishes, and spinach once the soil temperature reaches about 40 degrees Fahrenheight.

  • Pea, Easy Peasy, , large
  • Radish, Cherry Belle, , large
  • Spinach, Bloomsdale Long Standing, , large

3.) Sow seeds indoors.

3. Sow seeds indoors for tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant which won’t get planted out in the garden until after the last frost.

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4.) Set up an area for starting seeds indoors.

4. Set up a growing area for those seeds sown indoors. With good lighting, you don’t need south facing windows. With table top set ups, you don’t need a lot of extra space. If you are worried about keeping your seedlings watered, look for self-watering containers.

5.) Spruce up your garden.

5. Spruce up your garden with flowers, too, including pansies and violas which will tolerate frost.

  • Pansy, Sunrise, , large
  • Pansy, Ocean, , large
  • Viola, Sorbet Delft Blue, , large