Gardening in March

March

March

Fruit and veg:

  • Cover your crops with netting to protect them from pigeons
  • Give your veges protection from wind
  • If you want to propagate your fruit bushes take hardwood cuttings from fruit bushes now.
  • Prepare the area to plant asparagus in spring by removing weeds and digging over the soil and adding compost
  • Look through your catalogues and order onion sets and seed potatoes
  • If you have any new fruit trees, bushes or cane fruits , plant them now
  • Start planing next year’s crop rotation
  • To get the best out of your large fruit trees next year, prune them now. This will control their shape, size and increase their productivity
  • Prune out about a quarter of old stems from currant bushes
  • Lift, divide and replant large clumps of rhubarb into soil enriched with well-rotted manure

 

The flower Garden

  • Prune your Wisteria, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • Prune rose bushes while they are dormant, cutting back to just above a bud, removing any crossing or dead branches.
  • Plant bare root roses now in a sunny position for spectacular summer colour.
  • If you’re looking for a more unusual plant, try Alstroemeria (Peruvian Lily).
  • Cut back old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins – to within a few centimetres of the ground.
  • Cut down old stems of perennial plants like Sedum, – being careful of any new growth emerging.
  • Remove and compost old Hellebore leaves, which will allow the flowers to show through.
  • Cut back damaged, diseased and old stems of brightly coloured willows. 
  • Remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed.

 The Vegetable garden:

  • Harvest parsnips and leeks.
  • If you’re growing early peas, warm up the soil with a cloche for a few weeks to prepare for sowing.
  • Try growing your own mushrooms with an indoor kit.
  • Start chitting (sprouting) early potatoes – stand them upright in a module tray or egg box in a bright cool frost-free place.
  • Potatoes can be grown in containers under cover for a very early crop (Charlotte potatoes are good variety). You can use any old compost bags for this.
  • If you’re growing potatoes in an unheated greenhouse, protect them with horticultural fleece when it’s cold.
  • Remove yellowing and dead leaves from winter brassicas as they may harbour pests and diseases.