Gardening in Delaware: What to Plant in March

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Here in the mid-Atlantic gardening zones (6B, 7a and 7B you can find your zone here ), we are gearing up for our vegetable gardening season. In March, there are three types of planting happening: Indoor Sowing, Outdoor Sowing, and transplanting. See below for what you should be planting now!

Gardening in Delaware March Schedule

Indoor Sowing

Start these seeds this month to have them ready for the ground in May!

  • Artichoke
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Fennel
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leek
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Pac choi
  • Peppers
  • Radicchio
  • Green onions
  • Tomato
  • Most herbs

 

Outdoor Sowing

If you are in zone 7a or b, you have what is called a “medium” growing season and these seeds can be sown directly into the ground this month to get a jump start in the garden before the hot temperatures begin.

  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Fava bean
  • Kohlrabi
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Turnips
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
Transplanting

If you have them, these established plants can go into the ground for an earlier harvest.

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Endive
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Pac choi
  • Rhubarb
  • Radicchio
  • Green onions
  • Spinach
  • Chives
  • Fennel
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
Some tips:
  1. Make sure to research the best sowing practices for each vegetable and pay attention to sunlight requirements. Most of the time, these instructions are on the seed packets themselves, while other times you may need to research a little more.
  2. Be sure to check on any instructions for care concerning frost conditions for each outdoor plant. Some won’t require anything, others might need to be sheltered in colder conditions in order to survive.
  3. Know that certain vegetables like broccoli or peas actually thrive in cooler temps, so be aware as the weather starts to heat up that they may need some shade to extend their season and avoid bolting.
  4. Have fun and garden on!

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