My Kitchen Garden in March

Prepping the raised beds

The calendar says spring is here and Mother Nature seems to agree. We’ve spent most of our free time this week (when not watching NCAA basketball) prepping the kitchen garden to get it ready for the growing season ahead.

Shoveling compost is not my favorite chore, but this is the time of year to prepare the raised beds for all those seeds and seedlings that soon will be hitting the dirt.

And even though we are still a good two months away from the last frost date in our Growing Zone 5, we already have started enjoying the garden’s bounty.

Let’s take a look at what’s growing in my kitchen garden this early in spring.

Spinach 

Early spring spinach in the kitchen garden

We planted spinach in the fall in our little pop-up greenhouse. We harvested enough from the greenhouse for a couple of salads in January (our first ever January harvest!) and took the tent down earlier in the week. As you can see from the photo, it’s almost ready for another cutting . . . and another delicious salad of fresh, tender spinach.

Walking Onions

My kitchen garden in March

I was introduced to walking onions when my mother-in-law gave us some transplants from her garden. These things are brilliant. Walking onions are a hardy perennial. They “walk” across the ground as they grow by setting bulblets on stalks that fall over and replant themselves. The onion bulbs can be harvested as long as the ground is not frozen, the green onions harvested as they grow, and the green tops used as scallions during the entire growing season.

Walking onions are great for a kitchen garden because they will keep you supplied with onions almost year round. Plant them in a spot that you don’t want to use for anything else anytime soon because they will keep going and going.

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Chives (and a bonus crocus)

My kitchen garden in MarchFresh chives are an early spring favorite for me. I especially like to add chopped chives to scrambled eggs, but they also are great stirred into mashed potatoes, sprinkled into salads, or mixed into popover batter.

Uh-oh. It looks like the crocuses have started to encroach on this bunch of chives.

Garlic

Garlic shoot in the kitchen garden

The garlic we planted in late fall is just starting to peek up through the ground. The bulbs won’t be ready to harvest until around August, but the scapes (the shoots that grow from the top of the plant) should be ready by late May. I like to slice the scapes in quarter-inch pieces and use them in stir-fry dishes.

Lettuce transplants

Lettuce transplants

Lettuce in the kitchen garden

We started several varieties of lettuce under the grow lights about a month ago and began transplanting them into the garden this week. Lettuce tolerates some frost. Barring any long spells of cold weather, this romaine variety will be ready to eat in a few weeks.

We plant several varieties of lettuce every year, some as transplants and some as seed directly into the ground. We stagger the plantings by a few weeks to ensure a regular supply throughout the growing season. In warm weather, plant lettuce in partially shaded areas of the garden for best results.

A three-egg day!

Eggs in a nesting box

My egg garden is back to full production after all three hens went on strike in mid-November when they were molting. The first started laying again in mid-February and the other two eventually joined her. Now that the days are getting longer, I’ve already had a few three-egg days. By mid-June, during the longest days of the year, almost every day will be a three-egg day.

And all of the good things to come . . .

Seed packets for the kitchen garden

What’s in your kitchen garden this March?

This post was shared on Clever Chicks Blog HopTreasure Box Tuesday, and Two Uses Tuesday.

  • I’m in MA and we are still under snow! I started peas, beets and radishes in my unheated greenhouse and they are just sprouting. Some years ,I’ve already had them well underway by now! I am very envious of your spinach. I cannot grow spinach, no matter what I do! I’ve tried it in the greenhouse, outside, in the ground, in pots, different varieties and nothing!!! I’d love to grow my own!

    • I hope spring finds you soon, Joanna. Spinach can be hit or miss for us. It seems to do best when we plant it in the fall and let it winter over in the little greenhouse tent. Thanks for commenting!

  • Bill

    Nicely done my friend. Our garden is ready but the only thing up right now is kale….soon we’ll be planting.

    • Thanks, Bill. It’s so good to be eating from the garden again. We had an awesome spinach salad for dinner tonight, as well as some chive butter on grilled steaks..

  • Shauna

    Your garden’s coming along nicely, Deb. I’ve never put chives in eggs. I’ll definitely have to try that. It sounds delicious!

    • Thanks, Shauna. But after a beautiful weekend and making lots of progress in the garden, we woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow over everything. The lettuce we planted should be fine, but I’m glad we harvested spinach for dinner last night!

  • Michelle Hancock

    I so wish I could start a garden but my dog loves to tear stuff up! Looks amazing! Found you through the Treasure Box Tuesday Link up!

    • Glad you found me, Michelle. I have two dogs, but the biggest issue I have with animals in the garden is the large population of deer that live in the timber behind my house. We have to fence everything. Have you tried growing anything in containers that you can put out of the dog’s reach? It’s amazing how just a few pots can supply you with so many veggies.

  • All though we are down under and heading into Autumn March is the best time to plant for us too. I’ve neglected the garden for the last few years but the first little seedling popped its head up last night. Today I’m hoping they all show first growth.

    I’d love you to link this up at Two Uses Tuesday Linky Party!
    http://purfylle.blogspot.com/2015/03/two-uses-tuesday-link-up-21.html

    • Thanks for the introduction and the invite. I added my link. I love having gardening friends down under. I can live vicariously through their gardens when it’s winter here. : )

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