The orchard calendar in March presents us with a world of possibilities to carry out the agricultural activities that we are most passionate about. The cold weather is gone to give way to sunny days that are so beneficial for the crops. We will continue with many of the tasks that we performed in the garden in February that is essential for the success of our crops. Learn all about what to plant in March in this article.
As we always tell you in the garden calendar sections, keep in mind that weather conditions in March vary from region to region.
Preparation and Care of The Orchard in March
With the arrival of March, it is recommended to check the orchard in general. This is with the intention of detecting if there is any pest that needs to be eradicated and that is making a bed in the orchard. Before starting with the agricultural activity it is essential to make this inspection.
The responsibility of our work begins with a system to progressively increase irrigation to the plants that are already germinating. Because of the preservation, we did during the cold, irrigation becomes a very important maneuver because as it disappears, the plants adapt to the new temperature.
During this period, it is appropriate to nourish the soil where we are going to plant either the seedbeds or the direct sowing crops. This fertilizer can be worm humus, which is very popular among gardeners because it is known to contain more than 10 times more calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium than normal soil, which contributes to the normal development of plants. You can also use your compost, which you can make with a composter or composter.
At this point, it is good to keep in mind that for those plants that are going to be transplanted into the garden permanently, it is recommended to fertilize them with organic fertilizer a few days before the transfer to the soil so that they can adapt to the garden.
In March, What Plants Can We Grow in The Garden?
In the winter season, aromatic plants were very lazy to grow, but when the weather changes, with more sunshine, there is a revolution in them that is easily observable:
- Rosemary blooms
- Lavender, sage, and thyme sprout strongly.
- Peppermint and mint sprout directly from the ground where they were not seen before.
Crops are to start in March. What to plant in March
The cultivation of this vegetable is perfectly suited for March and April when there is maximum sun exposure, as it requires a lot of light. Its harvest time is 6 months.
It is recommended to plant it in aerated soil, with good drainage, rich in organic matter such as manure and worm humus. The ideal irrigation is drip, frequent and regular with greater intensity when it begins to bear the first fruits. This crop should be protected from pests and diseases such as aphids, red spider mites, and whiteflies. Learn more about How to Grow Pumpkins from Seeds.
Corn – What to Plant in March
It is very easy to grow, contrary to what some people think. You only need soil rich in nutrients, keep the substrate moist through constant watering. The trellising system is applied to help it grow. In March they can be planted in seedlings that should remain in the greenhouse so that in June they can be planted in the ground definitively at the rate of two plants in each hole.
It does not need much space between plant and plant with 14″ (35 cm). distance is enough to be sheltered by the wind and pollination occurs. Its harvest takes approximately 80 days. The soil should be prepared with very decomposed compost, avoiding fresh manure. Watering should be abundant by drip irrigation, avoiding the sprinkler. Learn more about How to Grow Corn.
This vegetable is a must in every vegetable garden because of the goodness it offers in the kitchen. Its cultivation is done in early spring. It is easy to sow, as long as we place it in a soil rich in earthworm humus and potassium so that it bears good fruit. The soil should be aerated and fresh. It is a plant that should receive sun all day. As for drip irrigation can not be exceeded because moisture harms it. Hose irrigation with high pressure should be avoided. It can be harvested when the end of its stems shows a yellowish color.
Learn more about How to Grow Onions.
Strawberry – What to Plant in March
Being a rustic plant, its cultivation is very simple because it is resistant to cold and heat. It needs good drainage and good sun exposure. Watering should be constant and regular but without flooding the substrate. Of course, if we are going to plant it first it will be in a seedbed to protect it from the cold and the wind because being in the process of germination these become its enemies.
When it is time to transplant it will be done taking into consideration the distance of 8″ (20 cm) between one plant and another. The soil should have a perlite substrate that will act as a filter for excess water. More information about How to Grow Strawberry from Stolon.
This vegetable is sown in March with great success. Since it is a root vegetable, it is sown directly in soil prepared with animal manure, tilled, with sufficient air. It is a plant that requires maximum exposure to the sun, its harvest can reach 200 days. Drip irrigation with moderate but constant water is recommended. It can be harvested when the stems dry out and acquire a yellowish color. More information about How to Grow Potatoes from Potatoes.
Arugula – What to Plant in March
It is a hardy vegetable that withstands low temperatures. Direct sowing with good sun exposure but without overdoing it, to prevent its leaves from becoming bitter. Although it can be sown all year round, the end of March is the best time to plant it, bearing in mind that each plant should be 6″ (15 cm) apart from the other.
The soil should be nourished with a substrate rich in organic matter that retains its drainage. Watering should be done daily with drip irrigation in summer. In other seasons it depends on rainfall which would be once a week. Learn more about How to Grow Organic Arugula.
Fruit Tree Care in March
The end of March is the ideal time to plant any fruit tree. Almond, apricot, peach, loquat, plum, and cherry trees bloom this month. We will also harvest olives and citrus fruits.
Also, apple, peach, and pear trees grow very well in a wide variety of climates.
Here are some of the tasks you will need to do:
- Planting fruit trees in March is a good time because winter is ending, but there can still be frosts and winds that can damage the plants’ roots. Then they should still be kept for several days in a greenhouse so that they can continue their development. To plant the fruit trees you can use gasoline or a manual auger, depending on the number of trees you are going to plant, you will be interested in one or the other.
- Watering should be abundant and periodic if it is a newly planted tree, but once the soil has dried out at least 2.4″ (6 cm), water again and add an organic cover to maintain the plant’s humidity.
- Fertilize the bottom soil for planting with sufficient organic nutrients and then a maintenance fertilizer is made.
- Establish pest and disease control, using the necessary mechanisms for the protection of fruit trees.
- Pruning is one of the most important tasks in the care of fruit trees because it can not be deferred, it is done at the end of winter and in the spring. Pruning is done when the first buds and leaves of the season have not yet appeared or after the fruit is harvested. For pruning, you can use pruning shears or an electric pruning saw.