35 (Garden-Related) Things to do in Saskatoon this March

1. If you have never gardened before but you want to try it, commit to starting a small garden. See if there is a gardener you know who can mentor you. Most gardeners will tell you that they are always learning new things.

2. Become a compost coach March 2nd – 3rd (9:30 am-4:00 pm)

3. Plan the layout of your garden, decide what you want to grow.

4. Go through seed catalogues and order seeds for your garden.

5. Buy seeds for something you have never grown before.

6. Visit us at Seedy Saturday (March 9th from 10:00-3:00 at Station 20 West)

7. Visit us at Gardenscape (March 29th – 31st)

8. Before March 16th start Celery and Spanish Onion indoors.

9. Start flowers like Coleus, Dusty Miller, Impatiens, Lobelia, Pansy, Petunia, and Verbena indoors before March 16th

10. Before March 23rd start flowers like Ageratum, Allyssum, Balsam, Dianthus, and Marigold indoors.

11. Start vegetables like Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Kale, Cabbage Cauliflower, Eggplant, Peppers, and Tomatoes indoors before March 31st.

12. Throw out seeds that are older than 5 years.

13. Clean and sharpen your tools.

14. Wash those gardening gloves you forgot to clean in fall.

15. Clean old pots or buy new ones to start your seedlings in. Red party cups also work.

16. Buy potting soil for your seedlings.

17. Set up your seedling area. You can keep it as simple as a clean sunny windowsill or make it fancy by using grow lights, a heating mat, a fan, and a humidifier to create the perfect environment for your seedlings.

18. Start a few extra seedlings for the Garden Patch, or for a neighbour who would appreciate it.

19. Sprout microgreens to tide you over until your first crop of lettuce grows.

20. Look for gardening inspiration at gardening.usask.ca.

21. Follow Gardening at USask on Facebook.

22. Watch a gardening documentary on Kanopy (free from the Saskatoon Public Library)

23. Read a gardening book by a local author. I recommend The Prairie Short Season Yard by Lyndon Penner or Gardening, Naturally by Sarah William & Hugh Skinner

24. Join a gardening club like the Saskatchewan Perennial Society, the Saskatoon Horticultural Society, the Saskatoon Seed Library, the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan, or PermaSask.

25. Volunteer with the organization you just joined to meet passionate gardeners and learn a lot about gardening. Commit to helping take care of a school garden during the summer. Visit the Garden Patch or CHEP’s Askîy project.

26. As the snow melts notice where it stays the longest and where you see bare ground first.

27. Start a Gardener’s Journal.

28. Watch for areas where water pools and dry areas. In spring, plant water-loving plants in the wet areas and dry ones in the drier places.

29. If you don’t have space of your own, reach out to a local community garden to see if they have room.

30. If you don’t have space of your own, see if you can take care of a neighbour’s yard. Many people welcome the beauty of a garden and are happy to share their space, especially if they get some fruit and veggies out of it.

31. Apply to grow food in a vacant lot through the city’s vacant lot bylaw

32. Consider gardening on your boulevard or in your front yard

33. Put out a bird feeder.

34. Put decals on windows that birds fly into.

35. Join the Library of Things for free to access tools that you might not have.