“March comes in like a lion, leaves like a lamb.”
But if it comes in like a lamb does it go out like a lion?
At May Dreams Gardens, March came in like a lamb today if you consider mostly sunny skies and temperatures “almost” reaching 50 F as “lamb-like”.
What does this mean for the end of the month?
The research department at May Dreams Gardens did a study to see if indeed the weather at the beginning of the month predicts that weather at the end of the month.
Using the May Dreams Gardens garden journal, the research department compared March 1st to March 31st for the last seven years
2001 in like a lamb, out like a lamb
2002 in like a lamb, out like a lamb
2003 in like a lamb, out like a lamb
2004 in like a lamb, out like a lamb
2005 in like a lion, out like a lamb
2006 in like a lamb, out like a lamb
2007 in like a lion, out like a lamb
The research department decided that any day with a high temperature above freezing was a “lamb” day. However, March 31, 2007 was designated a “lion” day even though the daytime temperature got to 74 F because there were thunderstorms in the morning.
According to the garden journal, those morning thunderstorms didn’t keep me from mowing the lawn on March 31st for the first time that year. I also mowed the lawn for the first time on March 31st in 2006.
Since I was looking at my garden journal anyway, I noted that the earliest I’ve mowed the lawn was March 28th, in both 2003 and 2004.
So I assume I’ll be mowing the lawn and gathering enough green plant material to fill my compost tumbler before the end of the month.
March is also when I sow seeds indoors for tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, etc. and then start my early spring vegetables outside around St. Patrick’s Day. I’ll also be cleaning up the perennial beds and, weather permitting, I might try to remove some sod for some new flower beds on the east side of the back yard.
And for sure by the end of the month, the hellebores will be blooming and I will have trimmed back all that old foliage.
There is indeed much that happens in my garden in March.
There is work for you to do.
Work and play and blow all day,
Blow the Winter wind away.”
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