Jobs Ė March
spring is on its way? Days are longer and March is a month where you
feel your spirits lifting and you are galvanised into action.
Daffodils and crocuses start to appear, and seeds that have been
lying in wait start to sprout. Growth seems slow at first and then
suddenly everything takes off. Make sure you are prepared and have
pruned all you need to. This is the beginning of the mad spring rush
but, the weather can still turn nasty and ground frosts still abound,
so keep an eye on the forecasts and plan accordingly. In our climate,
best to wait for the soil to warm up to at least 12 degrees celcius
before sowing or planting, and this may be toward the end of the
Vegetable Patch in March
beetroot, broad beans, peas, leeks, radish, lettuce, parsnip, onions,
carrots, turnips and herbs. Some of these can be planted directly
outside. Otherwise start them off in pots and trays undercover.
potatoes can be planted in mid-March as long as the ground is not too
waterlogged. They can be planted whether or not they have been
you havenít started yet, then sow tomatoes, cucumbers, capsicum,
aubergine and melons. If the weather is warm then start them off in
the greenhouse, otherwise put them in a heated propagator or start
artichoke tubers can be planted. They are an excellent winter veg.
is the last chance to plant asparagus crowns before spring. Plant
them now for a long-term crop.
over and rake your vegetable patch
the soil over to remove any old crops and weeds. Rake the soil so
that it is ready for planting.
an eye out for weeds. They will start growing as soon as temperatures
start rising. Hoe the young weeds as soon as they appear.
Fruit Garden in March
plants rather than runners will give you a better chance of
strawberries this year.
the end of the month, remove forcing pots from rhubarb. Donít leave
the pots on too long or youíll exhaust the plants.
are very easy to grow and are a delicious snacking fruit. Grow
varieties which ripen at different times to give you berries
throughout the summer.
around fruit trees and bushes
compost or manure around the base of fruit trees and bushes. This
helps suppress weeds as well as retaining moisture.
Gardening Jobs in March
stop feeding the birds
know itís tempting to stop feeding the birds once you feel spring
is on its way, but this is the time when food stocks for birds are
very low and they will really appreciate a bit of help. Make sure
they have plenty of fresh water too.
the daffodils and crocuses
are the first colour of the new year and a welcome sight after
grand plans for your garden
recharges your batteries, and many grand plans and schemes start to
form. Choose a good one and put it into action.
Michael Gourlay Chairman