March is a critical month in our vegetable gardens - early for some things and late for others. Timely planting is one way of increasing potential yield and decreasing production problems, says LSU Agricultural Center horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
Now is the time in Louisiana to plant snap beans, lima beans, butter beans, butter peas, cucumber, muskmelons, okra, radishes, corn, collards and watermelons, the horticulturist says.
Sweet potato roots may still be bedded up early in the month on well-drained, warm beds for slip production early in the month. Pepper, eggplants and tomato transplants may be planted now.
Don’t be in a rush to set out the peppers, okra and eggplants if the soil is cold. All these vegetables can be hurt by a late frost. Northern parishes still may plant shallots, Chinese cabbage and cabbage transplants, and southern parishes can plant southern peas, squash and pumpkin.
In the southern half of the state it is too late for good spring plantings of beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, onion, Irish potatoes, lettuce, parsley, English or snow peas, spinach, mustard and turnips. Northern parishes may still try some beets, carrots and loose-head lettuce.
Vegetables to plant in April include collards, squash, pumpkins, okra, tomatoes, corn, radishes, peppers, mirliton, eggplants, cucumbers, bush snaps and limas, watermelons, southern peas and early sweet potato slips.
Related yard and garden topics are available by contacting an extension agent in your parish LSU AgCenter office. Also, look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site.
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