Are you new to gardening in zone 8? Don’t worry, it’s different here, let me show you what to plant in March.
Most gardening guides will be telling you to plant things like peas and cabbage and lettuce.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but…the ship has sailed on that for us in zone 8. The good news is we have plenty we can grow right now, and, when fall comes around, the lettuces and brassicas will get their chance 😉
Right now, for zone 8, it’s alllll about the warm weather crops.
But first, what’s a zone?
The entire country is divided up into different zones and sub-zones based on average temperatures and seasons, to help gardeners determine what plants will thrive in their area. We live in North Florida, which is in zone 8. If you aren’t sure what zone you live in, you can just type your zip code into the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map, and it will tell you.
Okay, so now that you know if you’re in zone 8 or not, here’s what we can plant in March in zone 8:
- summer squash
Where to get your seeds
I’ve truly gotten seeds everywhere. As long as the seeds are heirloom and heat tolerant varieties, I’ve pretty much had successful germination with every brand I’ve tried. That being said, I really like Seed Savers Exchange though because of their mission to save seeds and preserve healthy biodiversity. Baker’s Creek Seeds is another great place to find heirloom varieties and I love the reviews on that site. The gardeners there leave fantastic reviews about their zone and how the seeds performed in their area and climate.
I also HIGHLY recommend looking locally for a Seed Savers Club in your area. My local library has a seed savers club that meets monthly and they have put together a Seed Library. Anyone with a library card can get 3 free seed packets per month, and the best part is these seeds have been cultivated in my town! So I know they will do well here.
Pick the right vegetables and flowers to grow, choose heat tolerant varieties, and your March garden will be a success in zone 8!