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What to do in the garden in March

7 March 2016
What to do in the garden in March

The main question this month is where to start! What seeds to sow, plants to plant, and with the beautiful new influx of wildlife, there's tons of home making to be done in your garden for your new guests! Don’t worry - we’ve got it sorted with our list of the essential gardening jobs to be getting on with over the next few weeks.

General tasks:

  • Steep freshly-cut nettles in water for a few weeks and decant the rich brown liquid for a potent, nitrogen-rich plant food
  • Start hoeing weekly to catch annual weeds the moment they appear so they never get big enough to bother you or your plants
  • Tackle slugs before they do serious damage, surrounding vulnerable new shoots and plants like delphiniums and hostas with rings of sharp grit
  • Ponds - Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters, the weathers warming up!

Ornamental garden:

  • Feed container plants weekly with general purpose liquid seaweed feed
  • Start sowing hardy annual flowers including calendula, nasturtium, love-in-a-mist and alyssum in swathes through borders
  • Deadhead daffodils then let the foliage die down naturally so it feeds the bulb and produces an even better display next year

Kitchen garden:

  • Sow radish among your parsnip seeds to mark the rows: the radish come up much faster, so you remember where you sowed your parsnips
  • Use junk mail CDs hung from strings on canes among cabbages so they wink in the sun and deter hungry pigeons
  • Plant onion sets around 10cm apart, sinking the sets just below the soil’s surface 

March has come around quick, and before you know it April will be upon us, so it's really important that you get your essential jobs out the way, and get down to your local garden centre so that you're well equiped for the months to come!