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What to do in the garden in March

Lisa Garden on 03-03-2017

March is such an exciting month! There are seeds to sow, new plants to choose, and spring to enjoy. Here are a few of the jobs you can get on with this month:

General tasks:

  • Get flower beds ready for the year ahead by scattering general fertiliser between plants and mulching with well-rotted manure or soil improver.
  • Treat lawns for moss by applying moss killer, available from your local garden centre.
  • Wait a few weeks, then rake it out.

Ornamental gardens

  • Remove faded daffodil heads once they finish flowering to encourage good results again next year.
  • Finish pruning roses and water thoroughly before sprinkling rose fertiliser at their feet to get them off to the best possible start.
  • Sow seeds of hardy annuals like calendula and love-in-a-mist into prepared soil in a sunny spot.

Kitchen garden:

  • Plant out early potatoes towards the end of the month – cover the row with a double layer of horticultural fleece to protect them from frost.
  • Plant onion sets in a sunny, well-drained spot with the neck of each bulb just above the soil, allowing 12-15cm between each bulb.
  • Feed fruit bushes with sulphate of potash to encourage a bumper harvest.