Gardening – 5 March Southern Gardening Tips

March is just around the corner – and you know what that means: spring is making its way down south!

Even though spring is a beautiful time of the year, it’s also pretty hectic for gardeners. If you love your backyard, you need to roll up your sleeves and get ready to work after that winter break you took.

No worries, though! Here are 5 south gardening tips for March you can use to get the engines running – and the flowers going!

1. Get ready to work.

Time to loosen up and get ready to work and shake off  the winter. There’s a lot to do – and you probably forgot how much it takes to work on a garden during spring!

Here’s the basic stuff you need to get ready for:

  1. Get the seeds of warm-season flowers and vegetables
  2. Buy (or prepare) fertilizer – because warm seasons are fertilizing seasons
  3. Pick up your gardening tools to prune frost-damaged plants
  4. Watch out for garden pests, such as ants and snails

2. but don’t rush it!

Now, wait a minute! You can’t rush to your garden right now. You have to wait until the time is right to get to work.

We have all been shopping for seeds and dreaming of warm weather – but that’s no excuse to ruin your garden because you couldn’t wait for a couple more days!

Depending on what you’re doing, you need to wait until:

  • Frost is over – don’t start unless it’s warm enough!
  • The soil is dry and ready for you (which means a 600F temperature)
  • Early March for things like spinach, lettuce, and cauliflower
  • Late March for things like peas, beans, and watermelon

Keep in mind that it is a little too early for April stuff (like pumpkins and potatoes), but the time will come!

3. Prepare your spring greens, the right flowers, and certain herbs

During spring, you’ll be working the most with flowers, a little more than usual with vegetables, and not that much with herbs (they can’t survive hot temperatures).

Here’s what you can start working on during March:

Your spring greens:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Collard Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Radish

The right flowers:

  • Sunflowers
  • Cosmos
  • Morning Glory
  • Gomphrena

A few herbs:

  • Horseradish
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Peppermint

Of course, there are way more things you can plant during spring. This is a brief list of what most people prefer to grow during March.

4. Keep in mind spring is not all about flowers

Flowers, veggies, and herbs – that’s the beauty of spring! Unfortunately, beautiful flowers and tasty veggies aren’t the only ones  coming back when the temperatures start to warm up.

You need to watch out for:

  • Ants
  • Snails
  • Spiders
  • And other pests

It’s not all bad news, though! Birds are also coming back. Make sure you are ready to welcome them back home by:

  • Fixing any broken bird feeders
  • Filling the bird feeders
  • Cleaning birdhouses
  • Oiling the bird feeder poles (if you want to keep squirrels away)

5. Enjoy the show!

It’s always fun to take care of your garden – but that doesn’t mean you won’t be tired when the month is over. But the truth is, it’s going to be worth it!

Once you have:

  • Dealt with your flowers
  • Planted your veggies
  • Chosen an herb or two
  • Got rid of pests
  • Welcomed the birds

Now, You can relax, and enjoy the sight of your beautiful garden. You’ve earned that right!