Appalachia Gardening

Planting By The Signs March 2014 & Last Call For Squash Reporters

Planting by the signs calendar for march 2014

Can you believe it’s March already? I can’t. The month of March snuck up on me while I wasn’t paying attention. I haven’t planted anything yet-but I’m hoping to remedy that soon.

Most of you know I share a planting calendar each month of the growing season-but just in case you’re new to the Blind Pig I’ll explain it for you.

Each month from March till about August I share a planting calendar that shows my favorite days for planting according to the zodiac signs. My favorite signs to plant under are Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio, and Taurus. There are other fruitful signs-but those 4 seem to work best for me and my garden.

Today is supposed to be a fine day to be outdoors-I’m hoping to get my small gardens cleaned up and ready-so that come Monday evening I’ll be able to sow a lettuce bed or 2, plant some beet seeds, and put some onion buttons in the ground.

I appreciate everyone who lined up to be deputized as a squash reporter. In case you missed the opportunity-go here to see if you’re interested. This will be the last call for Squash Reporters @ Large.

If you’ve already got started on your garden-tell us about it!


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    Susie Swanson
    March 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Hoping to get over this crud and get some onions and lettuce out soon. Best of luck with your garden.

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    March 9, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I can’t be a squash reporter, but I can tell you that one of my favorite veggies is squash – especially, spaghetti and acorn. Happy planting!

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    March 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Spring is on its way, the horses are jest startin to shed, but we are still at risk of snow until pertnear mid April, and frost until the first week r two of May. But that gives me plenty of time to start some seeds indoors and have ’em ready!! I can’t wait to get the garden started!! And to be able to go ridin’ through the lush mountain forests!

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    March 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    I want to know where Garland Davis lives. And then I want to move there!

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    Stephen Ammons
    March 8, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Tipper. I don’t have big enough spot to plant a garden but I did read something very interesting on facebook about gardening today. The link said if you would dissolve 1 tsp of epsom salts in 3 cups of warm water and spray tomato, pepper and roses with it then wait 10 days and do the same again you would get a much better harvest. It said the reason for this is that it will boost the magnesium in the plant. I wish someone would try this on a couple of plants and let me know. Thanks for all the music and interesting things you put on the site……… stephen

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    Paul Certo
    March 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Planting in March? We are still buried in snow, and expecting more probably at least halfway through April. The only thing we can plant in March are house plants.

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    Eva Nell Mull Wike, PhD
    March 8, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Well Tipper, this SPRING weather over in Tennessee is near perfect. I just spent a half-hour pulling the brown leaves off my WITCH HAZEL (‘Diane’). I have to do that because the leaves cover the delicate ‘orange blossoms’ that will soon be making a show. My (“Arnold’s Promise” witch hazel has been in bloom for two weeks. It is much more beautiful than forsythia and smells sweeter than honey! I have lost my other two WITCH HAZEL bushes but these two are extraordinary!
    Eva Nell

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    March 8, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Gosh, planting! I can only imagine what the ground looks like at this point…a lot of the snow has melted down, but I still need my tall muck boots to walk off the beaten down paths (which are now pretty tricky – solid packed snow with a layer of ice on top). Today is warmer than it’s been for a while – 30s! yay! – so there’s a lot of thawing going on. I’m considering starting some seeds indoors this year, to see if some of the veggies can get a head start. Fingers crossed!

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    Ken Roper
    March 8, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    I got my garden cleaned off, now just
    waiting on the Tractor Man. Although
    I’d love to be puttin’ stuff in the
    ground, there’s some cold weather to
    go thru yet. Maybe I’ll plant some
    things a little early and see if I canget by the coming frosts. I remember how we usually get snow blowin’ on the first Saturday of April…that’s when the first day of Trout Season opens in the rivers…Ken

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    Ed Ammons
    March 8, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Most of the snow and sleet we got yesterday is gone. I heard people around talking about being out of power but ours didn’t even flicker this time. People farther east got it worse.
    I’ve been saving eggshells and coffee grounds since last year but it’s been so long I have forgotten why. The eggshells might be for eggplant but I have know idea about the coffee grounds.

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    Alice Jones
    March 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I am so ready to get started planting I’ve got some cabbage asparagus and peas ready we’ve had rain so just as soon as I can I will be in it getting the dirt under my nails and enjoying ever minute of it.

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    Garland Davis
    March 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

    I have been picking green beans for the last week. I have gotten eight packets frozen and have supplied a few neighbors with beans.
    My flower beds are ablaze with colors. I recently transplanted some Snap Dragons and they are beautiful.
    Of course, my gardening is not hampered by winter weather. I have a twelve month growing season.
    Hope you all have bountiful gardens this year.

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    March 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I’m anxious to get started, but my garden area has been covered with snow for a month it seems. We still have patches of snow that survived 60 degrees yesterday. My little greenhouse will be put together today and filled with cups of soil and seeds by tomorrow. With more snow expected next week, greenhouse planting is the only gardening I will be doing for awhile.

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    Miss Cindy
    March 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Oh yes, spring is coming! It’s an exciting time of year. Everything comes alive after it’s long winter rest. I love to watch our beautiful mountains put on their greening show for us!

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