"In the Spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love”
Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH: Showers (1,2,3,4); windy and colder with lake-effect snow (5,6). Fair and cool (7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15) with showers and snow in the northern part of the region (16,17,18). Windy with more lake-effect snow (19,20,21)turning warmer with showers (22,23,24) Fair and mild (25,26,27,28) with the month ending with showers and STORMS (29,30,31).
TORNADO WATCH: The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack sees no tornado activity for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the month of March
FULL MOON: March’s FULL MOON will occur on March 12th. It earned the name SAP MOON from many Native Americans because, during this time, sap begins to rise and run. It has also been referred to as WORM MOON because, due to the warmer temperatures, the softening of frozen earth, earthworms begin to appear in abundance.
SPECIAL NOTES: Daylight Savings begins on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 AM EST. Don’t forget to ‘spring’ ahead and set your clocks ahead one hour. The Vernal Equinox will occur on Monday, March 20th and signals the arrival of Spring (at long last!).
HOLIDAYS: Ash Wednesday is observed on Wednesday, March 1st. Be sure to wear something green in honor of St. Patrick on Friday, March 17th. Palm Sunday is on the 19th of March.
THE GARDEN: Get outside and rake old grass and debris (that is, once the temperatures have warmed up and the snow has all gone!). Begin removing protective mulch from around rose bushes. Don’t feed azaleas or rhododendrons until after they bloom. Then, give them a fertilizer that is specially formulated for plants that prefer acid soil. And don’t forget to throw old coffee grounds around the base of these blooming beauties! Prune trees and vines but stay away from birch and maples as they often bleed sap at this time of year if pruned. As soon as your compost pile thaws, start to turn it with a fork as best you can. March is prime time for feeding shrubs and perennials that bloom in the Summer months. Start slow-growing and cool season seeds such as onions, leeks, parsley, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant and peppers. It’s also time to start tomatoes, lettuce, and many other vegetable seeds indoors. Try and plant your peas on St. Patrick’s Day. As a general rule for most warm weather annuals, delay sowing until after the final frost.
J. GRUBER’S THOUGHT FOR TODAY’S LIVING
"One should never forget that no success or failure is necessarily final”.