March

Chitting first early potatoes

Chitting first early potatoes

March sees more activity in the garden and the greenhouse, and there are plenty of jobs for you to roll your sleeves up and get stuck into.

  • Be warned that frosts are still likely so be careful not to put anything tender at risk.
  • Prune bushes and shrubs to encourage new growth.
  • Sow hardy annual flower seeds outside such as cornflowers and Californian poppies.
  • Sow some Sweet Peas.
  • Plant a spring container.
  • Clear debris and old stems from beds and borders as well as weeds and follow with good mulch of compost or bark.
  • Divide and replant congested perennials.
  • Dead head any early spring flowers and bulbs as they die off.
  • Start to mow lawn regularly, start with blades on the highest setting.
  • Remove weeds and reseed lawns if needed.
  • Spring clean paths and driveways removing stubborn weeds.
  • Do you have a water butt in place?
  • Bulbs should now be out in full force but so will your weeds so try to keep on top of them!
  • Prepare ground for sowing by removing weeds and applying a general fertiliser.
  • Start to sow veg seeds outside including carrots, radishes and lettuces.
  • Plant out onions from sets.
  • Plant your first early potatoes
  • Feed tree fruit and soft fruit bushes and mulch.
  • Keep the vegetable and fruit beds weed free.