Photos from our garden – March 2023

March is always a month full of surprises, and in the last couple of years, we have had snowfall. And this year was no different.

We may have some mild sunny days, but nights are freezing, and we often see frost in the mornings. I know this, but still, I somehow expect each new year to be milder and more gardening friendly.

Seed starting and plant propagation has been the main focus of this month as a whole. I fell back in love with vermiculite as a seed starting medium, and I like it.

Some overwintering plants were gently caressed back to life, and there was the inevitable realization that not all plants make it over winter. I, specifically, lost one of four Bhut Jolokia ghost pepper plants. But all other overwintering plants – peppers, chilies, thyme, rosemary, sage, and tarragon – are doing great.

The first aphids showed their ugly faces, but early detection is crucial, and I do not anticipate this attack to go on for much longer.

Happy gardening!

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Gardening photos March 2023

Gardening photo of the week: 27 March – 2 April 2023

Getting help building another raised garden bad
Time to build another raised garden bed
Some hot peppers and chilies need light for seeds to germinate
Starting light germinating peppers from seed (guide is coming)
Make holes in the plastic film for air circulation when starting seeds
Creating a moist seed starting environment
Seedlings under full spectrum grow light
Seedlings growing under full spectrum grow light

Gardening photo of the week: 20- 26 March 2023

Toothpicks help you plant smaller seeds without overseeding
Use toothpicks to plant tiny seeds with proper spacing
Starting tomato seeds indoors
I am starting another batch of tomato seeds indoors.
Starting Black Beauty Aubergine seeds in vermiculite
I am planting some of my Black Beauty Aubergine seeds in vermiculite.
Use seed starter trays, bio-degradable pots, or seed plugs to start seeds
Buy seed starter trays or use starter pots to start seeds indoors.

Gardening photo of the week: 13 – 19 March 2023

Watch condensation inside seed starting tray for healthy germination
Condensation inside the seed starting tray indicates poor airflow.
Keep an eye on soil temperature for successful germination
A thermometer helps monitor temperature for successful germination.
Garlic helps protect other plants against pests and diseases
I am using garlic as a border plant to deter pests and diseases.
Do not transplant outdoors too soon; here snow-covered garden beds in late March
Do not transplant outdoors too early. Refer to our indoor seed starting guide.

Gardening photo of the week: 6 – 12 March 2023

Propagating sage cuttings in water
Sage is sometimes easier to grow from sage cuttings propagated in water.
Over seeding leads to crowded pots
Did I drop the seed packet? No, I planted whole tomato slices in potting soil.
Strong, compact coriander or cilantro seedlings
We plant 5-10 coriander seeds weekly to have a continuous supply.
Basil seedlings growing in terracotta pots
Basil is another herb that grows in pots all over our house.