March 2016 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.
The month of March was named for the Roman god of war, Mars. Traditionally, this was the time of year to resume military campaigns that had been interrupted by winter.
March also brings:
- March 8: Total Solar Eclipse! Watch LIVE coverage here on Tuesday, March 8. Free!
- Daylight Saving Time on Sunday, March 13, 2016. It starts at 2 a.m., so remember to “spring ahead” and set your clocks 1 hour Saturday night. Read more about Daylight Saving Time here.
March 13: Planet Uranus discovered. On this day in 1781, astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus, seventh planet from the Sun. Although observed earlier, it had moved so slowly that scientists had believed that it was a star.
- St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. It falls on a Thursday this year. Read more about St. Patrick’s Day.
“On St. Patrick’s Day, the warm side of a stone turns up, and the broad-back goose begins to lay.”
- The Vernal Equinox is on March 19 or 20, 2016, depending on your time zone. See our First Day of Spring page for equinox times and more information.
- Easter Sunday arrives on March 27, 2016, culminating the Holy Week for Western Christians and commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. See more about Easter Sunday and why the date changes every year.
Check the full March calendar for more holidays and events.
- Planning a vegetable garden? We’ve done all the research for you—from how far to space plants to seeding dates to best crops to plant together. Try the Almanac Garden Planner for free here!
- When to plant what? Here’s our Best Dates to Plant tool, based on your frost dates.
- In 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, courtesy of our Cooking Fresh magazine.
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
- See our Spring Recipes collection for more delicious recipes using the season’s best ingredients.
Look up! Enjoy the night sky from your own backyard. See the March Sky Watch. Here are a few highlights:
March 8: Total Solar Eclipse! Watch LIVE coverage from Asia here on Tuesday, March 8. Free access to all to the hottest show on Earth.
March 23, 2016 is the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse! This eclipse is visible in North America to different degrees. Western regions will be able to see the entire eclipse. See our Eclipse page.
March brings the “Full Worm Moon.” See March Moon phases, facts, and folklore.
- 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.
It’s a song that melts their ear as well as the snow. Enjoy “House-hunting With the Bluebird.”
Spring means fishing! Get the 2016 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!
- March’s birthflower is the daffodil or jonquil. The daffodil signifies regard or unrequited love. The jonquil means “I desire a return of affection.” See your birth flower and its meaning.
- March’s Zodaic signs are Pisces (February 20 to March 20) and Aries (March 21 to April 20). See your Zodiac profile.
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.
Thunder in spring, Cold will bring.