March Harvest in the Southern Hemisphere

March is harvest time in the Southern Hemisphere. Autumn will come officially in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile on March 21.

Beans are harvesting now. Tomatoes, cucumbers, and corn can be picked now. Your potato harvest can begin as soon as the foliage dies back. Pumpkins can be cut with the stalk attached and “cured” in the sun for several days before taking them into storage.

Apples and pears will be coming to harvest soon. Be sure to pick them with a bit of leaf and stem attached so that they will continue to ripen indoors.

At the farm markets in the Southern Hemisphere this month you will find the following fresh and locally harvested vegetables: beans, capsicum, carrot, chilies, Chinese cabbage, corn, cucumber, eggplant, kale, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, pumpkins, purslane, rutabaga or Swedes, summer squash, tomato, turnips, and zucchini.

Fresh local fruits and nuts coming to the farm market in March include: almonds, apples, avocadoes, brambleberries, grapes, kumquats, figs, hazelnuts and filberts, lemons, melons, mulberries, nectarines, olives, oranges, passionfruit, banana passionfruit, peaches, pears, pecans, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and tamarilloes.

Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.

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