March 2017 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.
- Ever heard of the Ember Days? Upcoming Ember Days are March 8, 10, and 11. According to folklore, these days foretell the coming weather. Read more about the Ember Days.
- March’s full Moon, the Full Worm Moon, occurs on the 12th, at 10:54 a.m. EDT. Click here to learn more about March’s Full Worm Moon.
- Daylight Saving Time Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12, at 2:00 A.M. Set set our clocks forward! See more details about Daylight Saving Time.
- St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. It falls on a Friday this year. Read more about St. Patrick’s Day.
- The Ides of March falls on March 15, and has long been considered an ill-fated day. Beware the Ides of March!
- The vernal equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on March 20 at 6:29 a.m. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, the autumnal equinox occurs instead. Click here for our First Day of the Spring Equinox page!
- Easter Sunday arrives on April 16, 2017, culminating the Holy Week for Christian churches and commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. See more about Easter Sunday and why the date changes every year.
- According to lore, the last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy. Read about the Borrowing Days.
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
- In celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day, try making some traditional Irish food—from Irish Soda Bread to Corned Beef and Cabbage. See 20 St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
- 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.
- Now is the time for making maple sugar.Read more about this natural wonder.
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
It’s a song that melts their ear as well as the snow. Enjoy “House-hunting With the Bluebird.”
Spring means fishing! Get the 2017 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
A wet spring, a dry harvest.
- March’s birth flower is the daffodil or jonquil. The daffodil signifies regard or unrequited love. The jonquil means “I desire a return of affection.” See more about March’s birth flower.
- March’s birthstone is the aquamarine. This gem is a type of beryl; its color can be pale to dark blue, greenish-blue, or blue-green; deep, intense blue versions are more valuable. See more about March’s birthstone.
- March’s Zodaic signs are Pisces (February 20 to March 20) and Aries (March 21 to April 20). See your Zodiac profile.
“On St. Patrick’s Day, the warm side of a stone turns up, and the broad-back goose begins to lay.”
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.
Bleak winds assault us all around;
Dances aloft, or skims the ground:
See the school-boy—his hat in hand,
While on the path he scarce can stand.