Seasonal Advice for March: Recipes, Gardening, Folklore

Daffodil is Flower of March


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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
—Celia Thaxter


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 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.

Cooking and Recipes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

  • See our Spring Recipes collection for more delicious recipes using the season’s best ingredients.

Astronomy and Moon

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.

The Vernal Equinox on March 19 and 20 brings more sunlight! See our customized Sun rise and set tool.

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.

Home Hints & Remedies

Birds & Fishing

It’s a song that melts their ear as well as the snow. Enjoy “House-hunting With the Bluebird.”

Photo: NEbirdsplus

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!

Facts and Folklore for the Season

  • 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.


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My wish is that ya'll would

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

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

If i planted broccoli,

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

Hi, Peggy, It depends where

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

When is the time to cut wild

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

If you're looking for the

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 .

There are no pre-emergent

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!

Answer for when to now wild

Answer for when to now wild onions to kill them

Wild onion

In response to the wild onion invading your lawn. Pull them out bulb and all and cook them like the old timers. Or invite an old timer to come get them . Tender young speouts are much sought after and are the hilite of wild onion get togethers and fund raising dinners

trying to find the right

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

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