March Chores in Hundred-Year-Old Gardening Calendar

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:

Tuesday, March 3, 1914:  Same as ever.

Source: Vegetable Gardening (1914)
Source: Vegetable Gardening (1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today—and since I’m still thinking about spring and gardening—I checked a hundred-year-old book called Vegetable Gardening by Samuel B. Green to see what you’re supposed to do in March.


Make up hotbed and sow in them tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, cress, onions for transplanting, carrots, beets, celery, etc. In the latter part of the month cold frames may be used for the hardy vegetables.

If the ground is fit to work, onion sets may be planted and spinach, hardy peas, and other plants which are generally not sown until April may be sown at this time. Harden off the early cabbage and cauliflower plants.

6 thoughts on “March Chores in Hundred-Year-Old Gardening Calendar

  1. I’d like to be thinking about spring and gardening, but winter storm Titan is bearing down on us: sleet and 3-5 inches of snow on tap for us today….. sigh….!

  2. It’s fun to plan ahead and think of what flowers and veggies we can plant this year. Maybe Grandma was looking at seed catalogs? Probably not, since it’s not too exciting for a young girl her age!

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