Eco Garden March 2016

Eco Garden March 2016
August 4, 2016 Christina Mullin

What to plant this month: Radishes


What to plant this month: Snap Peas


What to plant this month: Cabbage


What to buy at your local farmer's market


What to buy at your local farmer's market


What to buy at your local farmer's market

Moon Gardening by Priscilla Woolworth

Did you know that there is a connection between the Moon and the tides, and planting and gardening? Planting according to the phases of the Moon is the oldest form of gardening known to man. When planting your garden, the Moon’s position has an impact on how well your seeds will germinate, grow and develop based on how much moisture is in the soil.

Understanding this and timing your gardening chores according to the phases of the Moon is the basis of Moon gardening. Calendars are available here for March, April and May, including what to buy in season at your local farmer’s market and suggested vegetables to plant.

Please check out my blog about Gardening According to the Phases of the Moon, where I explain it in more detail.


March 1-7th: Waning Moon

March 8th: New Moon

March 9th to March 22nd: Waxing Moon

March 23rd: Full Moon

March 21st till April 3rd: Waning Moon

* Go to Tomatomania and buy your Tomato seedlings! and find out where you can buy seedlings in your area from end of March till end of May.

Garden Chores to be done in March:

Plant coreopsis, cosmos, marigolds and yarrow near your vegetable garden to lure in ladybugs, hoverflies and lacewings; they will keep away your insect pests.

Harden off seedlings by gradually setting them outside

Prune frost damaged plants only after all freezing temperatures have passed for the season and new growth begins.

Check for aphids in the new growth and get rid of them by spraying with water; repeat weekly.

Divide crowded perennials after bloom

Plant roses, cane berries, grapes, artichoke, rhubarb and strawberry.

Best time to plant Citrus trees. Four cool citrus that do well in pots are: ‘Gold Nugget’ Mandarin, Australian Finger Lime, Organic Meyer Lemon and the Variegated Pink Eureka Lemon

Good time to add nitrogen rich Blood Meal to your plants, fruit, ornamental trees, shrubs, lawns, container plants, houseplants, perennials, and groundcovers.

Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with acid fertilizer and prune after bloom.

Great time to start your herb garden by planting seeds of arugula, chervil, cilantro and dill as well as chives, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and tarragon.

Plant in your flower garden: coreopsis, cornflower, flowering tobacco, larkspur, marigold, calendula, cosmos, geranium, nasturtium, nigella, poppy, salvia, zinnia, coneflower, dianthus, foxglove, hollyhock, penstemon, columbine, delphinium, lavender, statice, and yarrow

Plant in your vegetable garden: lettuce, spinach, tomato, pepper, eggplant, squash, cucumber, pumpkin, melon, basil, onion, peas, chard, celery, turnip, carrot, beet, parsnip, radish, potato, chives, parsley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, kale, leeks, mustard, and tomato

Following is a Moon Gardening calendar for March and which days are best for specific chores:

March 1st till the 7th, the Moon is Waning, and the energy of the earth is drawn down but the gravitational pull is high, creating more moisture in the soil and this energy goes into the roots making it a good time of the month to sow crops that produce their yield below ground and control plant growth by pruning, weeding, and controlling garden pests, as well as dividing perennials. This is the best time for garden maintenance because the growth cycle of plants decreases.  Fruit trees do best planted at this time of the month because the position of the moon encourages development of root growth and tree bark, essential to their success. This is also the best time to cut wood, because it resists parasites and cures better. Farmers pick their apples, cabbages, potatoes and onions at the Waning Moon, when water content is lowest and so the harvest stores better and keeps longer. Best time to dry herbs, flowers and fruit and the herbs are at their most potent. Also, add potassium fertilizer to plants that need it because it will be better absorbed at this time. Mow your lawn to slow growth.  First time composting, start your composting during this period because the Waning Moon phase helps aid in the decomposition of plant matter.

Recommended days for these garden chores:

March 1st and 2nd: Harvest, cultivate, weed and control pests

March 3rd-5th: Graft, clone, prune, and fertilize

March 5th and 6th: Harvest, cultivate, weed, and control pests

March 7thand 8th: Prune, water, compost and fertilize

March 8th: New Moon

March 9th-22nd, the Moon is in the Waxing phase, when the lunar gravitational pull brings the water up, which makes it a good time of the month to encourage plant growth and proliferation. Plant seeds, transplant, re-pot, trim and prune for growth. Also, fruits and vegetables that are tender and should be eaten immediately are at their best when gathered at the Waxing Moon, because the water content is higher, salads are crunchier, and juicier.

March 11th and 12th: Plant hardy above ground annuals, like cabbages and leafy greens

March 13th: Daylight savings time begins

March 16th and 17th: Plant hardy above ground annuals

March 20th and 21st: Plant flowering vines

March 23rd: Full Moon

The 4 days before and also 4 days after the Full Moon is the best time to prune, plant seeds (they germinate faster when planted at the full moon because they absorb more water) and fertilize plants as close to the Full Moon as possible. Cut bamboo and sow a lawn or put down sod.

The Full Moon is when water is at the highest level in the month. Best time to pick tomatoes. Harvest grapes to be used in winemaking as close to the full moon as possible because the grapes will retain more juice and bouquet. Gather any herbs to be used for their essential oils at the Full Moon because oil content is more concentrated at this time.

March 23rd and 24th: Plant for root growth, transplant perennials; prune

March 25th and 26th: Plant for root growth, transplant perennials and tomatoes; prune

March 28th and 29th: Harvest and cultivate; plant tubers and fruit trees

March 30th and 31st: Graft, clone, prune, and fertilize

Happy gardening!

See you in April!