(03/2010) March is counted as one of our winter months. March also happens to have the most beautiful sunny spring-like days. Rob likes to quote a famous VanDyke who said that "The first spring day and the first day of spring are often months apart". We may have beautiful spring days for the equinox but frost-free days are a long-way-off.
For years, just before Valentines day, I planted violas, dianthus, calendula, pansys, vinca, primrose and stock in a flower box outside the nursery. Those plants always thrive, no matter how cold it gets.
The first Tuesday in March is Vermont's Town Meeting Day. According to Lewis Hill (Cold Climate Gardening), it is also the traditional day to start Tomato and Pepper seeds inside in northernVermont (their climate is similar to ours in many ways). We have used mid-March as our seeding time for decades with great success. I heard recently that said Tomatoes are the "gateway drug" to vegetable gardening. We all grow tomatoes here (in containers) with great success (and frost protecting cloth). It's not THAT hard. Our goal at the Villager is, and has always been, to share our passion for gardening and to see our clients and friends SUCCEED in this avocation we love so much.
We offer several vegetable gardening classes at the Nursery each spring; check the calendar page. It should be updated by mid March with this year's schedule.
Posted on Tue, March 23, 2010
by Eric Larusson filed under