What to do in the Kitchen Garden in March

The following information is designed for a temperate southern hemisphere garden  – In particular it is designed for a Melbourne garden. 

This is meant as a general guide, indicating the type of things I plant, sow and harvest. 

If you have had success by doing things differently then I would love to hear from you and I can update these pages accordingly.

March in Melbourne can be quite variable, sometimes hot, sometimes cooler and to a certain extent the weather dictates what I am doing in the garden.  In some years the summer crops are long finished and can happily be replaced with winter crops, whilst in other years they may still be going strong or in other years again they may only just starting to crop.  It all depends on the weather.

March to me is really the month of the harvest.  March generally provides the widest range of crops in my garden; from the last of the tomatoes to the first of the pumpkins March via a wide range of peppers.  March is all about harvesting.

Harvest Basket

Seeds to Sow (either direct in the garden or in punnets etc):

Beetroot, Broccoli, Broad Beans, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Chives, Coriander, Garlic, Kohl Rabi, Lettuce, Mizuna, Mustard Greens, Oregano, Onions, Parsley, Peas, Radish, Rocket, Shallots, Silver Beet, Spinach, Spring Onions, Swede, Turnip, Watercress

Seedlings to plant out:

Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Cavolo Nero, Cauliflower, Coriander, Leeks, Lettuce, Parsley, Silver Beet, Spinach, Watercress

Garden maintenance to perform:

  • Apply lime to area where garlic will be planted
  • Trim Mint plants
  • Fertilise Citrus
  • Seed Saving: Beans, Coriander, Lettuce, Eggplant, Tomatoes, Capsicum, Chillies

Harvesting now:

Seasonal Plants: Basil, Beans, Capsicum, Chillies, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Strawberries, Thai Basil, Tomatoes, Zucchini

The following plants should be able to be harvested all year round if planted in succession throughout their growing season:

Broccoli (but it is very susceptible to pests during the warmer months), Beetroot, Carrots, Celery, Lettuce, Parsley, Radish, Sage, Silver Beet, Spring Onion, Thyme,


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