The sun is slowly peeking up from behind our neighbor’s roof and the birds are already harping at each other in our garden. I made the girls their breakfast and have a few minutes to write a little before the true rush of the day begins. I can’t believe January and February flew by just like that and March is fast coming! In March, we sow a few cool season vegetables and start seeds for warm season vegetables as we prepare for warmer weather and less shade. Here are few of the garden tasks I need to get to during the month of March:
Although March is not considered one of the driest months of the year in Miami, it’s still pretty low in precipitation so mulching helps retain moisture and saves water.
Monitoring for Pests and Diseases
Watch out for aphids on the leafy greens, they’re always the first to show up in the garden when the weather starts to warm up. Where you find aphids, you’ll most likely find a colony of ants sheltering and protecting them in return for the sticky sugary honeydew the aphids make. Blasting the aphids off with water helps but controlling the ants will keep the aphids from coming back.
During the growing season, I give diluted fish fertilizer at 2 tbsp per gallon water for leafy greens and 1 tbsp per gallon of water for root vegetables.
Pruning Fruit Trees
Pruning is especially important for our small yard. It keeps our fruit trees manageable, easier to harvest and give good air circulation to reduce disease.
Start Transitioning from Mid Season to Warm Weather Vegetables
In March, we sow some of the last of our cool season seeds and is starting to transition to warm season veggies. The following is a complete list of edibles that can be planted during the month of March.