Your Planting Guide for the Upcoming Season

Deep inhale…ahhhh.

 

Yes, the smell of fresh herbs and blooming buds will happen before we know it. Bees will be buzzing through the air and they’ll be on the hunt for their favorite plants to collect pollen from. So let’s pick up our gloves, hats, trowels and let’s get to work.

 

Find your zone

 

For those of us in the south, warmer temperatures will arrive sooner than our friends up north in zones 3-5. Check the map to figure out which zone you are in. This will help you decide what to plant below!

 

Planting Zone Map

 

 

Photo: Urban Farmer - www.ufseeds.com

 

Plants for March

 

Much of our work can begin indoors. Grab your pepper and tomato seeds and start germinating them in the warmth of your home.

 

Our friends at Urban Farmer suggest corn, spinach, cabbage, summer squash and many other vegetables for zones 5-10 in March (Check out the complete list of vegetables for March here) but zones 3-10 can all get started on their herb gardens indoors.

 

Whether it’s a nice Italian basil for those margarita pizzas or a bouquet of dill for some homemade tzatziki sauce, indoor herbs are a great idea even for those of us with “not so green” thumbs.

 

Plants for Pollinators

 

When planning your pollinator garden, it’s important to remember to build in lots of colors. This will make for a beautiful garden for you, as well as a productive garden for the pollinators. According to Pennsylvania Horticultural society “Bees in particular, find blue, purple and yellow flowers most appealing. Flat or shallow blossoms, such as daisies, zinnias, asters and Queen Anne's lace, will attract the largest variety of bees. Long-tongued bees will be attracted to plants in the mint family, such as oregano, mint and lavender and snapdragons.”

 

To find out more about pollinator gardens visit https://phsonline.org/blog/the-buzz-on-pollinator-gardens