March 2011 in the Garden!

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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. Rake seed beds over in readiness . 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.

Plant gladiolus corms.

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 early potatoes - but protect from frost.

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

In the greenhouse You can start Sowing tomatoes cucumbers, melons, aubergines and half hardy and tender annuals for summer bedding.

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