With spring in the air, now is the time when gardeners get eager to start prepping and planting their gardens for the summer. But March can be a tricky month for planting. As the weather begins to slowly warm up, it still holds the potential for some harsh frost and snow. Knowing what will hold up to the elements before you start planting is a must.

In March you will want to plant a variety of cool weather vegetables and herbs that are hardy enough to survive any cold fronts.  Let’s explore some ideas about what you can start planting in March to be ready come summer.


When it comes to planting, it’s important to remember that it isn’t just the temperature of the air that affects how vegetables grow, it’s also the temperature of the soil beneath the surface that matters. Gardeners need to ensure they are choosing the right varieties for their garden that will sustain all the elements that can occur in March.

March is the perfect time to jump on planting some of your favourite vegetables, like: Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Corn, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Onion, Parsnips, Peas, Rhubarb, Spinach, and Swiss Chard. Just don’t forget to give them all the space they require and water them thoroughly to give them a good start.

Growing your own food can be very rewarding and, of course, delicious! Knowing what plants can tolerate the temperatures at the start of spring will guarantee that you’ll end up with lots to harvest throughout the summer and fall.

In March, you can begin to plant the following: Cucumbers, Bell Peppers, Melons, Strawberry, Squash, and Tomatoes. You’ll need plenty of sun, around 6 hours and well drained soil. Also, remember to leave enough space between each one as plants need a lot of room to grow.


Growing herbs is so great for making herbal teas and adding flavor into your favourite recipes. Herbs are also easy to plant and will grow virtually anywhere. Plus, if weather hasn’t been the greatest you can always start planting them indoors in trays and, depending on the weather, begin to sow later that month.

In March you can try planting: Italian Parsley, Oregano, Sage, Dill, Thyme, Chives, and Coriander. Just remember that herbs prefer sun over shade and require adequately drained soil.

Getting a head start on planting once the first signs of spring and the warmer weather arrive can ensure you’ll have a beautiful and bountiful garden come summer. Ottawa gardeners trust Ritchie Feed & Seed for expert gardening advice and supplies.

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