Garden Calendar - March
Officially it's the first month of spring and we now have plenty of opportunities to start serious gardening. There's the vegetable patch to prepare, seeds to sow and the flower border to plan. Getting some jobs completed in March is one way to ensure your garden work doesn't overwhelm you. Here are a few ideas for a plan of action that will get you a few steps ahead of the crowd.
Start work in your Garden!
Plant - Rhubarb, Garlic, Tomatoes, Carrots.
Maintain - Goosberries, Blackcurrants, Raspberries.
- Spring bulbs will be starting to bloom with crocus and daffodils, filling your garden with a bright colour display.
- It's time to complete the pruning of rose bushes, cutting stems back by two thirds to an outward facing bud. This will encourage new stems growth and many more beautiful blooms.
- Sow sweet peas in pots of Multi-Purpose Compost and keep in a sheltered spot where a temperature around 12 degrees C can be easily maintained.
- Vegetables such as onions and carrots can be planted out, and tomato bags can be started in the greenhouse or a warm sunlit indoor area like a deep windowsill.
- Birds can be a problem on some soft fruit, to avoid damage to crops net the bushes with material stretched taut between canes well away from the stems.
- Rake your lawn to encourage grass stems to stand straight before mowing for the first time this season.
- After mowing, use a grass seed such as evergreen complete or if you have a lawn that is hampered by moss, why not try lawn feed, weed and moss killer to encourage a glorious green lawn to enjoy in the warmer months?
- When the moss has been removed you may well find that there are bare patches which will need to be reseeded.
1. Tidy up the edges of the lawn with a half-moon cutting tool or long-handled shears to provide a really sharp divide between the grass and the surrounding borders.
2. Dig the last of your leeks - if left in the ground too long they produce flower stems in the centre that are too hard to eat.