Time to get working on the potential of our Summer gardens!
Now that there is a stretch in the evenings there is a little more time in the day to get into the garden. Here are some ‘March Gardening Tips’ to guide you on what needs doing in the garden!
Lift and divide herbaceous plants.
Plant alpine and herbaceous plants.
Lightly mow over the lawn.
Prepare sites for new lawns.
Prune rose bushes.
Plant onion, garlic and shallot sets.
Start Begonia tubers into growth indoors.
Buy seedlings or baby bedding plants to grow on at home.
Support all tall growing herbaceous plants from early in the season.
Try growing some ornamental vegetables in the flower garden, e.g. Red leafed lettuce.
Sow hardy annual flowers direct in the garden borders.
Treat moss, scarify and aerate lawns as well as feeding the grass.
Prune late summer flowering shrubs, like buddleia etc.
Prune down hard shrubs with coloured stems like cornus, as well as hardy fuchsias.
Trim over winter flowering heathers.
Buy and plant pots of herbs. Sow seeds of hardy herbs in the garden, like parsley.
Plant seed potatoes – but beware of frost once the shoots emerge from the soil.
Vegetable seeds to sow now include: broad beans, lettuce, leeks, parsnips, peas, radish,
salad onions, spinach, swiss chard, spinach beet.
Sow summer bedding under glass: dahlias, impatiens, petunias, phlox, salvias, asters, mesembryanthemums, alyssum, nicotiana and marigolds.
Plant lilies outdoors in borders and tubs.
Lay out growing bags in the greenhouse to warm up the compost before planting.
Sow fruit and vegetable plants for growing on in a heated greenhouse, e.g. tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cucumbers, etc. Or you could decide to buy plants later.
Plant less robust hardy evergreen shrubs e.g. hebe and ceanothus.
Lay turf or sow lawn seed.
Start feeding pond fish.
Vegetables to sow now include: Brussels sprouts, red cabbage, summer cabbage and summer cauliflower.
Dwarf French beans can be sown under cloches.
Watch out for the build up of pests and diseases.
Treat pots against vine weevil attacks using Bio Provado Vine Weevil Killer 2 It protects your plants for four months.