Whether you have a backyard or a sunny windowsill, Starting A Vegetable Garden is an enjoyable way to get fresh vegetables without spending a lot of money.
There are several important things to consider before you start a vegetable garden. First, you’ll need a spot with plenty of sun and healthy soil. Then, you’ll want to choose the right vegetables for your region and plant them at the right time.
Gardening is a great hobby that also has many health benefits, but it’s important to be mindful of which plants are in season when you’re gardening.
March may seem a bit early to start your garden, but it’s not impossible. Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said it’s too early to plant most things and recommends waiting until early April or later.
However, since we had the warmest winter on record at RDU since 1945, Gardner said some trees, shrubs and flowers are leafing out/budding much earlier than normal.
Gardner said the average last freeze in the Triangle is April 8, but the latest on record is May 8, 1989.
A guide to plants & vegetables you can plant in March
If you’re trying to grow a vegetable garden, these are the vegetables the NC Cooperative Extension says you can plant in March:
- Chinese cabbage
- Swiss chard
- Start any annual flowers or warm-season vegetables inside your home that are not commercially available in early March.
The NC State Ag. Extension says you can plant kale 4 weeks before the last frost.
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower can also be planted mid-March.
If you’re trying to transplant trees or shrubs, March is a good month to do so.
Rose bushes can also be planted this month.
Keep in mind that despite the warm weather we’ve had, temperatures will cool off for the remainder of March.
Now that our temperatures are returning to near normal, Gardner said some of the tender vegetation will be at risk of freezing.