Sunday, February 28, 2021

What to Plant and When According to Moon Signs: March 2021

I've had several to ask where I got the planting calendar I wrote about in this post.  I got the calendar at a small mom and pop gardening store in a nearby town for the grand price of $0 ... yes, it was free!

Since it was free, they were giving them free to all customers, I thought I would share the what to plant and when 'according to moon signs' information from the calendar.  I can do this at the end of each month for the following month if there is enough interest.

Here's the information for March 2021 ... let me know in the comments if this is something you would like to see me continue for each month.

What to Plant

Plant these out in the open ...





cabbage plants

onion sets

Bermuda onion plants

English peas

Irish potatoes
















Swiss chard

Transplant to the open all vegetable plants now in cold frames.

Keep tomatoes, eggplant and pepper plants under glass, lifting the sash off these during mild days, so they may be hardened off.

When to Plant

Above-ground crops:  16, 17, 21, 22

Root crops:  1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 28, 29, 30, 31

Seed beds:  2, 3, 21, 22, 30, 31

Kill plant pests:  4, 5, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27

If you're interested in this sort of thing, I hope it's helpful to you.  If you're not, please consider sharing the link to this post with someone who may be.

Recommended reading:  No Dig Gardening, Course 1, from weeds to vegetables easily and quickly by Charles Dowding



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  1. I've been using moon gardening for several years, especially when it comes to seed sowing. Not so much from any heartfelt belief that it works, but more for the structure & order it prompts - I can check the date & know it's best to spend some time, say, sowing some extra salad leaves, or time to pot on tomato seedlings, & so forth. I've found a website that gives the info, & made my own chart/calendar that goes in my garden tasks file, along with prompts on the best days to do key tasks (for instance, three weeks from now I will be planting my first potatoes of the year, time to emerge just after our usual last frost date).
    I have been a follower of Charles Dowding's methods for a few years too, & have been lucky enough to meet him a few times at gardening shows. Have pretty much all his books too. Have yet to visit his garden for a course or open day, but have sampled some of his salad leaves he brought to one of those shows. If his methods get great crops, and can take some pressure off my damaged knee, then it's worth persevering.

    1. Blue Shed Thinking, I agree completely with how you approach the moon planting idea. We use it more as a guideline for structure for getting things done too. We have planted by the moon signs and not by the moon signs. We have had successes and failures with both.

      I discovered Charles Dowding's methods while looking for ways to be able to continue gardening as we age. I don't have all of his books but am on a quest to acquire them as time and money allow. Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hello Patsy,
    Two questions about this 🙂 which planting zone is it for and are Irish potatoes different to all the others?
    We have had an early spring here in Norway, the snow has gone, but it would usually be around until April. It is so tempting to push on with seedlings and such, but I suspect winter will return as March has come in like a lamb!

    1. Gill, the calendar doesn't break it down into zones, so I don't have the answer to your question. We are in zone 8 if that helps. Irish potatoes are no different than other potatoes, just a different variety ... or in some areas all potatoes are known as Irish potatoes!

    2. Irish potatoes are usually white potatoes with a little tan to cream colored skin and is waxy due to low starch. Actually the potato that caused the famine in Ireland was from South America. Grandpa raised potatoes for a living

  3. Patsi, I love the planting guide and would appreciate it immensely if you continued to post it! Our weather hasn't been quite as warm as yours, but it has been warmer than usual, with a lot of rain. I'm itching to get out and work in the garden!

    1. Jennilee, I can do that, thank you for letting me know you're interested.

  4. I’m lucky enough to have found both your and Appalachian Homesteads blogs....I had never learned about gardening by the signs, but am trying it this year. I’m in zone 6b so will adjust dates. Luckily so is Appalachian Homestead!

    I must look up Charles Dowding now...I’m certainly in the getting older range!

    1. Kim, thank you! I'm studying all things Charles Dowding right now and trying to glean from him the things that will work in our area for our purpose.

  5. Do you have children that help you as well? Thank you for this blog enjoy it very much.blessings Marie

    1. Marie, we are empty-nesters! The workforce is me and my Mr.!


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