Pocono Gardening - Things to do for your Garden in March

Preparing your Pocono Garden In March for summer blooms and fall harvests.

Now is the time to begin working on your Pocono Garden to get the best results from your flowers, vegetables, and shrubs this summer. “There is nothing so fulfilling as seeing the fruits of your labors bloom beautifully and taste like Heaven!” - Me

Veggies for your GardenGet your seeds started for your warm weather veggies (tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, etc) indoors now. Oh! There is nothing like the taste of a vine grown tomato. Find some great tips at this Weekend Gardener website

For best results in your Pocono Garden, take a sample of your soil (once the ground is dry - probably closer to the end of the month for most of us Pocono residents depending on the weather of course) to your local Penn State Extension office This link will give you how to get your soil test kit ($9) and instructions are included in the kit. Very helpful.

Several plants can tolerate light frost and can be planted early, as soon as the ground is workable. These include, but are not limited to peas, potatoes, rhubarb, asparagus and onions.  We started asparagus and rhubarb two years ago in our garden and are hoping to get some harveflowering shrubsstable shoots from these this year.  I love strawberry/rhubarb pie!

Once the evening temperatures begin to remain in the 30’s in your Pocono Garden you can start removing your winter mulch from your roses, azaleas, and such however be prepared for a cold snap and recover them.  I usually wait for a few weeks until I am sure but sometimes this is not the best practice.  Keep those spring blooming bulbs like your crocus, daffodils, and tulips covered.  This is also a good time to clean up the dead leaves and blooms of those flower beds that you did not get to last fall. I do have a couple of these and now that the snow is off of them they are driving me crazy. I cannot wait to get them cleaned up.

Now is the time, as soil conditions are ready, to plant your new trees and shrubs. I have a few I would like to get in this spring.  I want some summer flowering shrubs this year.  Last fall we added a few spring flowering shrubs and I would like to keep that beauty going throughout the summer without having to plant a lot of annuals. (gets to be too expensive).

Once the temperatures in the Poconos have been in the 60’s for 4 or 5 days you can get your Spring Fertilizer on your Pocono Lawn.  The best thing about getting the fertilizer on the lawn early is using a two-job fertilizer.  One that fertilizes and prevents weeds before they start. We never seem to get ours on early enough.  The darn dandelions and crab grass plague me all summer. This year is going to be different! (I hope)

Follow this link to view the Plant Hardiness Map to confirm your area.  Most of us are now 6a but some will be 6b and times may vary so check the map to be sure and there are other helpful resources on this site too.

Another site I like for info of course is Pinterest but if you are not on Pinterest yet, try this site Pennsylvania Gardener

Good Luck and Happy Gardening!

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Comment balloon 12 commentsBobbie Smith • February 27 2013 06:08PM


Hi Bobbie,

Excellent post!!! Thanks for sharing your tidbits on Pocono Gardening!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 6 years ago
You need to order your flats, perennials by Feb 28.
Posted by David Spencer, Show Me real estate in Kansas City (Keller Williams Northland) over 6 years ago

Bobbie: This is excellent information for those with or without a green thumb!  Love these tips for Poconos residents.  Suggested.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (ColdwellBanker SSK Realtors ~ 478.960.8055) over 6 years ago

Brings back memories of the times I used to garden.  Great information, Bobbie.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 6 years ago

Hi Dorie, Thanks. I'm sure your Spring was a month or two ago. Hope your gardens are doing well

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

David, Guess you order your gardening supplies by the flat. Happy Gardening!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Anita, Good point. My thumb is not necessarily green but every little thing we do sure can help. Thanks. Thank you for the suggest!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago

Hi Gabe, I imagine your spring was a month or two ago also. I bet your gardens were beautiful in the days when you used to garden.  Have A Great Day!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago


I loved your post this morning! I think we are all looking forward to spring and you've outlined some exciting things to do. We should all be kind to Mother Nature and do our part. Suggested!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 6 years ago

Hi Patricia, Thank you so much! I am getting anxious too, to get outside and get my hands dirty and make my back ache. (LOL) Thanks again!

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago
Bobbie, love your post as it makes think of spring & summer. I think my area is about two weeks behind yours though. We still have snow on ground with more predicted this week. Have good weekend!
Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 6 years ago

Hi Mary, Thanks! I'm thinking spring too. Sorry you are a couple of weeks behind us. You definitely received more snow than we did this past winter.  A couple of warm days and I'm gone - although I know it is too soon.

Posted by Bobbie Smith, 570-242-1891 over 6 years ago