Appalachia Gardening

Planting by the Signs Calendar – March 2017


planting by the signs calendar for March 2017

Who can believe the crazy weather we’ve been having! In the 70s one day and the next day a hard frost with a temp of a chilly 23 degrees. My plum tree was in full bloom before the hard frost on Sunday morning…not much left of the blooms now just some mushy brown things.

Seems like everywhere I go I hear folks saying we’re going to pay for the warmest February ever with a cold and snowy March. I even heard one person mention the blizzard word for March’s forecast. I guess only time will tell what the weather will actually bring us.

My Sow True Seed Kale from last fall is still hanging on and I have a few onions that overwintered that are nice and pretty. I want to plant some radishes and lettuce this month and of course the tomato seedlings still need to be started as well.

My favorite sign to plant under is Cancer, but if it doesn’t work out to where I can plant under Cancer, I aim for Scorpio, Pisces, or Taurus.

  • Taurus: good for all root crops and above ground crops
  • Cancer: best for planting above ground and root crops
  • Scorpio: best for flowers and above ground crops
  • Pisces: Good for planting and transplanting above ground crops, trees and shrubbery

Remember if you plan to purchase seeds from Sow True Seed please go through me to purchase them-just click on this link- Sow True Seed and start getting those seeds!


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    March 6, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Ed-try right clicking on the calendar and selecting print. If that don’t work let me know and I’ll send it to you!

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    marshall reagan
    March 2, 2017 at 4:55 am

    I use the farmers almanac to plant by. if you want to check it out go to ( it tells you what days to kill plant & insect pest ,when to plow ,etc.

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    b. Ruth
    March 2, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I hope you battened down the hatches today! Well, yesterday, I am in the wee hours of the Thursday morning writing this…We had a couple of bad storms and a bit of hail and straight line winds, but it didn’t last long…mostly some hard rain off and on all afternoon. I saw it was moving your way!
    I say I will stick to my Mother’s March prediction …IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A LAMB! I hope it holds true for March!
    Everything is popping out early here.
    Glad you reminded everyone about the Sow True Seed purchases….I bet like me some forgot, so you might ought to post it routinely!
    Great post,
    Later…stay dry and tie yourself to a tree if the wind gets to high….My granny said she was going to do that one day when it was so windy….she was kiddin’ me of course!

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    Edwin Ammons
    March 1, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    The biggest snow I can remember was on April the 12th. I measured 16 inches on my deck. That’s when I lived over on the coal chute. I think in the late 80’s. I still lived there when we got the blizzard of ’93 but that was on February 11th when it is supposed to do that kind of stuff.

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    March 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    I hope we don’t get snow in March, one of the worst snow storms we worked one year was in March I believe it was in the 90’s. The wind was gusting 50+ , snow drifts knee deep.

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    Edwin Ammons
    March 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Is there any way you could allow us to print off the calendars that show the signs? I don’t have one with them.

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    March 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve noticed my Pear Tree for the past couple of weeks and it’s full of Buds. All it would take is one of those Killing Frosts and I’m afraid we’ll have one before long. I remember Little Jesse, he always planted too early and about 3 weeks later, he’d be digging everything up and doing it all over again. I know this weather we’ve been having makes everyone anxious but you’d better wait till Winter is over. …Ken

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    Bill Burnett
    March 1, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Don Casada’s presentation is at the monthly meeting of The Swain County Historical and Genealogical Society meeting, everyone is welcome.

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    March 1, 2017 at 9:14 am

    The book I am reading mentions weather folklore several times. It is said that if we have thunder in February, it will snow in May. If that is true, it could be June before we get our garden out. I lost my last plum tree a few years ago. They bloomed so early and seldom ever had fruit due to our cold springs.

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    Melissa P (misplaced Southerner)
    March 1, 2017 at 9:05 am

    I’m so terribly sorry to hear about your plum tree. I guess you won’t have much of a harvest this year. I used to love to make red plum preserves and folks used to clamor for it. Since moving, I’ve yet to find anyone with the small, red plums I like to use. A few years back, all the tree fruit farmers up here in Michigan went through a horrible thaw/freeze and lost most of their crops. We had a really warm February here, too, but trees up seem to do okay with really early (and February is REALLY early) thaw/ freeze cycles. It’s the ones in mid- to late-March and April that really do damage here. Hope y’all’s weather settles out soon. We’ve got another month to two months to get through before we can even think about exhaling.

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    Ron Stephens
    March 1, 2017 at 8:11 am

    I am among those who think we will get more cold weather yet.
    I was at the Farmer’s Exchange yesterday and they have basil, tomato and okra out ! Fellow there said they have been very busy.
    I planted lettuce, spinach plants, onions slips and radishes yesterday and have potatoes cut to plant tomorrow evening. Like you I have over-wintering onions and they look really good. I used old seed for the lettuce and radishes just to use it up but of course germination will be off.
    I am going to try to plant by the signs this year.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 1, 2017 at 7:44 am

    Your right Tip, it’s still winter even if it feels like spring some days. I have some flowers blooming, it’s crazy. Some of those flowers are dandelions and I’d be happy for them to freeze but they are indestructible LOL!

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