March in the Garden

Featured in the March 2010 handbook.

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This month, the days get longer, the sun gets stronger, and the first signs of spring arrive. But beware! Don't let your enthusiasm run away on mild days. Frosts will still be lurking around. It is better to delay sowing and planting if the soil is to wet and cold Rain will have compacted the soil surface, so gently fork the surface over - making sure not to damage any plants still lying dormant below the surface. This allows air to get to the roots and generally help with the micro-organic activity below the surface of the soil. Rake seed beds over in readiness for new lawns and apply a fertilizer. Edging of

established lawns can be carried out now prior to the start of mowing. If the lawn is dry, the first cut can be made - with the blades set high.

Complete rose pruning.

Preventative spraying against fungal and insect pests.

Divide and replant overcrowded perennials.

Sow hardy annuals outdoors if the soil is in a fit condition.

Plant out sweet peas raised earlier.

Prune summer and late flowering clematis.

Many vegetables can be sown if conditions permit.

Plant shallots, garlic, and onion sets - all are hardy


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