March is that month that gives and then takes away.
I’m speaking of the weather of course. It gives beautiful sunny days and tempts us to go digging in the gardens only to welcome us overnight to the coldest day of the year.
What’s a gardener to do to keep from going mad….well, just put the brakes on and go with the flow. On those warm and sunny days, walk through your gardens and get acquainted with every little nook and cranny. Dig a few inches into the soil and meet the little guys that keep your soil rich and workable. ( earthworms) without these your soil will be hard and compacted.
Look for places that are inviting to toads and lizards, what? You don’t have any!
Toads and lizzies are a must in the garden, they eat all manner of not so welcomed guest. You can make little homes for them by building a stack of rocks or broken bricks around a large flower pot-drain saucer. Keep the saucer filled with water and the toads and lizzies will thank you by working hard to rid your garden of unwanted pest.
Most every garden has a resident snake, you may not see it often, but know that it is there. Depending on where you live, make a point of knowing the kinds of snakes you can expect to see. There are good ones and bad ones…knowing the difference can be very important to your health and the health of the snake. Some say the only good snake is a dead snake. While I don’t subscribe to that thinking, I also don’t go out of my way to make friends with any snake.
What stage is your compost pile this month?
You should have a bin full that has been working during the winter and ready for spring planting. Composting is the most valuable asset to your soil, right up there with the earthworms, in fact the worms turn your soil into natural compost.
Now, for those days that are dark, rainy and cold.
Curl up in your favorite spot with a good garden book and a cup of warm and nourishing tea from Sage Hill Farms.
Many flavors to pick from and if you want your own blend, just ask and I’ll see what I can do.
Make March a Mighty month in your garden!