It's time for you and your students to march your schoolyard garden into spring! So many exciting and delicious spring vegetables and fruits are ready to be planted this month! Here are just some of the ways we're putting down good roots this March.
This month is the perfect time to add some floral flair to your garden! Consider planting acanthus, blue daze, celosia, dailyness, false indigo, marigolds, melampodium, pentas, portulaca, and salvia for a big splash of color and to attract butterflies.
March is also a wonderful month to revamp your herb garden. Basil, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano and sage are all ideal for early spring planting. Designated herb gardens or herb beds can be an easy, fail-proof way to always have a space for taste-testing with students. Consider planting colorful signs with your students to mark the space or set aside a class for a garden tour where you point out the herb bed as a place for tasting.
Once you've got your flowers and herbs, you can go ahead and direct seed: arugula, collards, Swiss chard, beans, lima beans, yard-long beans, beets, southern peas, carrots, radishes, turnips, cantaloupe, cucumber, watermelon (!!), okra, peppers, squash, and (of course) tomatoes.