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March Planting Guide

March 07, 1998

There is a lot going on in the garden this month. The weather tends to remain chilly, so cool-season vegetables still thrive. The days are also lengthening, which makes it a good time to start some warm-season crops.

If you can't find warm-season vegetable plants in the nursery, they can be started from seed. Because of the possibility of rain, it's best to start most seedlings in containers and transplant when they are 2 or 3 inches high.

Always wait four to seven days after rain before planting in the garden.

FLOWERS

Alyssum * Aster * Bachelor's button * Begonia * Bromeliad * Calendula * Candytuft * California poppy * Cineraria * Delphinium * Dianthus * Forget-me-not * Foxglove * Fuchsia * Geranium * Iceland poppy * Impatiens * Kalanchoe * Nasturtium * Nemesia * Pansy * Penstemon * Queen Ann's lace * Salvia * Schizanthus * Snapdragon * Statice * Stock * Viola * Violet * Wildflowers

COOL-SEASON VEGETABLES and HERBS

Artichoke * Arugula * Beet * Bok choy * Brussels sprout * Cabbage * Carrot * Cauliflower * Celery * Chives * Cilantro * Collards * Dill * Endive * Kale * Kohlrabi * Leek * Lettuce * Mustard Greens * Onion * Parsley * Parsnip * Pea * Potato * Radish * Rutabaga * Salad burnet * Salsify * Shallot * Swiss chard * Spinach * Turnip/

WARM-SEASON VEGETABLES and FRUIT (after middle of month)

Beans * Corn (early) * Cucumber * Eggplant * Pepper * Potato * Squash * Snap bean * Strawberry * Tomato, early variety

TREES, VINES and BUSHES

Azalea * Blueberry * Camellia * Citrus * Jasmine * Loquat * Macadamia * Wisteria

Researched by JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS / For The Times

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