Hagerstown Almanack Newsletter



              “May the Irish hills caress you.

               May her lakes and rivers bless  you.
               May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
               May the blessings of St. Patrick
               behold you."

                                                          Old Irish Blessing                

MID-ATLANTIC WEATHER WATCH: Seasonable at first with a light wintry mix, then turning mild (1,2,3,4,5),becoming very warm with rain, then windy, cooler and more seasonable (6,7,8,9,10); seasonable and dry at first, then milder (11,12,13,14,15); wintry mix, followed by rain and then turning cooler and dry (16,17,18,19,20); rain at first, colder with light snow or flurries, then dry (21,22,23,24,25); turning wet with rain, followed by mild and dry weather (26,27,28,29). 

SEVERE WEATHER WATCH: No severe weather events are predicted by The Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack for the month of March. 

FULL MOON: March’s FULL MOON for 2024 will occur on the 24th. It has been referred to as SAP MOON by many Native Americans because, due to warming temperatures in many regions this time of year, sap would begin to rise and run. It has also been called WORM MOON due to the abundance of earthworms that begin when the earth starts to soften.  

SPECIAL NOTES: Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins on Sunday, March 10th in 2024. Don’t forget to ‘spring’ ahead an hour at 2AM EST. DST will end on November 3rd, at 2AM EST, unless the Sunshine Protection Act is signed into law. Passed by the Senate in March, 2022, the act is awaiting the President’s signature after a final review by the House. The Vernal Equinox will occur Monday, March 19th which is considered the first day of Spring! The Almanack suggests that you “Go fly a kite” during this very windy month. Check out some of these classic designs you can make at home at wwww.my-best-kite.com/how-to-build-kites.html. 

HOLIDAYS: The first day of Ramadan is Sunday, March 10th, Palm Sunday is Sunday, March 24th, Good Friday is March 29th, and Easter Sunday is Sunday March 31st in 2024. And don’t forget that St. Patrick falls on Sunday, March 17th, so be sure to wear something green and festive! 

THE GARDEN: March is prime time for feeding shrubs and perennials that bloom in the Summer. Also, begin pruning early-flowering shrubs, roses, fruit trees, grapes, and raspberries. Start an all-purpose spray regimen. Be sure to feed well and use supplementary nitrogen in early Spring, in addition to yearly feeding. Spray fruit trees with a dormant oil when temperatures exceed 40 degrees and before they leaf out. If you did not do so in February, apply a pre-emergent herbicide (that prevents crabgrass) to established lawns before March 15th. But If you plan to seed fescue lawns, do not apply a pre-emergent. It will prevent the grass seed from germinating. It’s also time to start tomatoes, lettuce, and many other vegetable seeds indoors. And do try to plant your peas on St. Patrick’s Day! 

THE FARM: Best days for planting root crops (5,6); weeding and stirring the soil (15,16); planting above-ground crops (17,18,19); harvesting all crops (3,4,30,31); setting hens and incubators (1,2,3,17,8,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,31); slaughtering/butchering meat (10,11,12,13,14,15); transplanting (10,11,12,13,14,15); harvesting and storing grain (3,4,5,6,7,8,9); the weaning of all small animals and livestock (3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,30,31). 


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