Pacific Northwest Gardening in the Merry Month of March

“Spring is the time of year when it is summer in the sun and winter in the shade.”
― Charles DickensGreat Expectations

  •  Weed, weed, weed!

    Mt. Fuji Flowering Cherry
    Mt. Fuji Flowering Cherry
  •   Add compost or other soil amendments to prepare for spring planting.
  •   Prune roses and clean up all debris beneath them.
  •   Prune perennials with hollow stems like phygelius and fuchsia.
  •   Remove mulch that was protecting plants from winter cold.
  •   Plant cool season crops like lettuce, radish, peas, cauliflower, cabbage and leafy greens.
  •   Divide summer blooming perennials, wait on spring blooming perennials until after they flower.
  •   Start the slug patrol.  Keep them in check early by tossing them in a bucket of soapy water or use an iron phosphate product.
  •   Cut faded flowers from heath (winter heathers).
  •   Plant bare trees and fruit such as blueberries, raspberries and currants.
  •   Fertilize trees, shrubs and perennials with a good organic fertilizer.


  • Bare root roses.  Choose disease resistant varieties for our climate.


The average last frost  March 22 but the safe date is April 15 in Western Washington.

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