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Seasonal Advice for March 2014: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

March 2014 brings with it the promise of gardening and warm, sunny days, as Earth turns its frostbitten cheek in the Vernal Equinox to herald spring.

For glad spring has begun,
And to the ardent sun
The earth, long time so bleak,
Turns a frost-bitten cheek
—Celia Thaxter


march calendar factsMarch was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. This was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter. March also brings:

This year, Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 9, 2014 (starting at 2 A.M.). Move the clocks one our ahead on Saturday evening. Read more about Daylight Saving Time here.

"On St. Patrick's Day, the warm side of a stone turns up, and the broad-back goose begins to lay." See more about St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

The Vernal Equinox is on March 20 at 12:57 P.M. See our First Day of Spring page for more about spring!

This year, Easter Sunday fall in April. See more about Easter Sunday and how the day is calculated.

Check the full March calendar for more holidays and events.


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On our Web site, check our Best Dates to Plant tool to know when to plant what, based on your frost dates.

Cooking and Recipes

cabbageIn celebration of Saint Patrick's Day, try making some traditional Irish food:
Corned Beef Brisket with Spring Vegetables
Irish Soda Bread
Corned Beef and Cabbage (video)

It's also the start of spring! Enjoy this delicious Spring Risotto recipe, featured in our new Garden-Fresh Cookbook

See our Seasonal Cooking: Spring Recipes collection for more recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Astronomy and Moon

Look up! Enjoy the night sky from your own backyard. See Sky Watch highlights for March.

Why do the seasons change? Read our article, Reasons for the Seasons

The Full Worm Moon is on March 16, 2014. See the Full Moon times for your location.    

The vernal equinox is on the 20th this year. Find out your changing day length with our Sun rise and set tool!

Home Hints & Remedies

According to folklore, wear a sprig of rosemary in your hair to improve your memory! Here are more Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Memory.

March brings rain and mud! Sprinkle salt on carpets to dry out muddy footprints before vacuuming. Find more cleaning tips.

Birds & Fishing

Spring is almost upon us! What are your signs of spring?

Spring means fishing! Get the 2014 Best Days to Fish.

Check birdhouses for damage and give them a spring cleaning before tenants arrive for the season. Learn how to attract birds to your garden!

Folklore for the Season

March comes in with adders' heads and goes out with peacocks' tails.

So many mists in March you see, So many frosts in May will be.

In beginning or in end, March its gifts will send.



My wish is that ya'll would

By downs74

My wish is that ya'll would quit recommending toxic herbicides and bee killing pesticides and start recommending natural. VINEGAR will kill weeds. mild soap solution will kill most garden pests! And I say WHO cares if you lawn has a few weeds, you're going to mow them down!! Save the bees!

hi! i was wondering what the

By corym

hi! i was wondering what the vinegar ratio is for weed killer.thanks alot.

If i planted broccoli,

By Peggy Lee Smith

If i planted broccoli, cabbage, brusselsprout,seed 1st of march, will they live.?

Hi, Peggy, It depends where

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Peggy, It depends where you live. See our Planting Table for your zip code here:

When is the time to cut wild

By Rita Chapman

When is the time to cut wild onions to eliminate them?

There are no pre-emergent

By Almanac Staff

There are no pre-emergent controls for wild onion, but there are herbicides that will work during the growing season. If you wish to go this route, check with a garden center for the proper material for your area and your grass variety. Mowing wild onions will weaken them but not get rid of them because they grow from tiny bulbs which will re-sprout. You can nip the problem in the bud by digging out the clumps carefully in early spring as they appear, making sure that all the baby bulbs on the sides come up as well. The diminutive onions thrive in heavy, wet soils, so aeration and holding back water may help. If you keep after them for a couple of seasons you will win the battle. We hope that you don’t shed too many tears over your problem!

If you're looking for the

By Almanac Staff

If you're looking for the "best days" by the Moon, then the best times to kill weeds are when the Moon's sign is in Aries, Gemini, Leo, Sagittarius, or Aquarius.
If you need it, you can find the Moon's Place in the Astrological Zodiac calendar in the print Almanac. You can pick up a copy in your local bookstore or find it at .

trying to find the right

By BelleMcClean

trying to find the right dirrection to set up my garden this year...?

Hi, Belle, Here's some

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Belle, Here's some direction. See our Vegetable Gardening for Beginners page:
Also, go to our section on starting a garden for lots of useful articles:
All the best!

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