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REG’S MARCH GARDENING TIPS

March Gardening Tip

EARLY MARCH

  • 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 and Gloxinia tubers into growth indoors.
  • Buy seedlings or baby bedding plants to grow on at home.

MID MONTH

  • 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 like Eschscholzia, Godetia etc. direct in the garden borders.
  • Treat moss, scarify and aerate lawns as well as feeding the grass.
  • Prune late summer flowering shrubs, like buddleia and Caryopteris.
  • 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 drummondii, salvias, asters, tagetes, mesembryanthemums, alyssum, nicotiana, marigolds and zinnias.
  • 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.

LATE MARCH

  • 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 Scotts Vine Weevil Killer. It protects your plants for four months.
By: 
Reg Moule
Posted on Wed, February 17 2016