WHAT TO PLANT IN
March


Mid-Atlantic Region

 

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Most plants are very sensitive to day length. When day length increases, they immediately begin to add new growth. Tomatoes and other seedlings can catch this wave of momentum; large containers will keep them from becoming root-bound before outdoor temperatures warm.

Gardener's Almanac, February/March 2004

If you're not sure how to start seeds or when to set out transplants, see the Resources section below. If you have any tips for how to cope with regional conditions where you garden, please share them with other gardeners in your area by posting a comment below. 

To read more about what to plant in other months and regions, visit our What to Plant Now home page.

For planting times specific to your zip code, check out the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. 

 

Top Crops for Mid-Atlantic Gardening:
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Here are the Top Ten crops for Mid-Atlantic gardens, followed by other recommended crops, as rated in our National Survey of Most Productive Garden Crops. (The criteria for selection include ease of culture, efficient use of garden space and time, ease of storage and desirability at the table.) The recommended crops are sorted by plant family to help you plan rotations so that the same plant families are not grown consecutively in the same area, as much as possible.

Top 10 Crops: Mid-Atlantic Region

 1. Slicing tomato
 2. Sweet pepper
 3. Cherry tomato
 4. Pole snap bean
 5. Bush snap bean
 6. Garlic
 7. Potato
 8. Snow/snap pea
 9. Summer squash
 10. Bulb onion

 

Other Highly Recommended Crops:

Cabbage family:  Broccoli, cabbage, collards, kale, kohlrabi 

Cucumber family:  Cucumber, winter squash 

Leafy greens: Arugula, chard, lettuce, mache, mustard (all types), pac choi, sorrel, spinach 

Legumes:  Asparagus/yard-long bean, bush lima bean, dry soup bean, edamame, peas (all types), Southern pea

Root crops:  Parsnip, radish, rutabaga, shallot, sunchoke, turnip 

Tomato family:  Eggplant, peppers (all types), tomatillo, tomato (all types)

Miscellaneous:  Asparagusleek, okra, scallions, sweet corn 

VEGETABLES 

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Artichoke, globe 

XXX 

     

Arugula 

  

XXX 

  

Asparagus 

     

XXX 

Beet 

  

XXX 

  

Broccoli  

XXX 

  

  

Cabbage  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Carrot 

  

XXX 

  

Celery  

XXX 

  

  

Chard 

XXX 

     
Eggplant 

XXX 

     
Endive 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Fava bean    

XXX 

  
Fennel, bulb 

XXX 

     

Kale 

XXX 

  

XXX 

Kohlrabi 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Leek  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Lettuce 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Mache  

  

XXX 

  

Onions, bulb  

XXX 

  

  

Pac choi 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Parsnip    

XXX 

  

Peas (snow, shell, snap) 

 

XXX 

  

Peppers 

XXX 

     

Potatoes 

  

XXX 

  

Radishes 

  

XXX 

  

Rhubarb 

     

XXX 

Radicchio 

XXX 

XXX 

XXX 

Scallion (green onion)  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Sorrel 

  

XXX 

  

Spinach 

  

XXX 

XXX 

Tomato 

XXX 

     

Turnip 

  

XXX 

  

CULINARY HERBS  

Sow Indoors   

Sow Outdoors  

Transplant 

Basil 

XXX      

Chives 

XXX  XXX  XXX 

Cilantro 

XXX  XXX    

Fennel, leaf  

XXX 

  

XXX 

Marjoram  

XXX 

  

  

Parsley  

XXX 

XXX 

 XXX 

Rosemary 

XXX       

Sage 

XXX       

Savory, summer  

XXX 

  

  

Thyme 

XXX     XXX 

RESOURCES

* To learn more about when to sow seeds (indoors and outdoors) or when to transplant your seedlings to the garden, see: Know When to Plant What: Find Your Average Last Spring Frost Date.

* To learn more about how to start seeds, check out Seed-starting Basics. For a primer on how to transplant seedlings, see Garden Transplanting: Expert Advice.

* Find garden seeds from great mail-order companies with our Plant and Seed Finder.

* Learn more about high-quality seeds and great seed companies in Best Seeds for a Bigger, Better Garden and Best Garden Seed Companies, or through our seed company directory

* You might also try swapping seeds locally.

* For tips on growing everything from apples to zucchini, see our Organic Gardening homepage.


 





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