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Wind, rain and frost. Nature makes no concessions to the gardener who may have to work in the teeth of nature, red in tooth and claw.


Despite signs to the contrary the ground is warming up  - watch out for weeds sprouting. If they can grow, so can your own plants, within reason.

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  MARCH

Daffodils are the archetypal spring flowers but if your pick your varieties carefully, you can have daffodils in bloom from March through to late April or even into early May. Specialist bulb firms are your best bet.

MARCH - TIP OF THE MONTH

  1. GENERAL

  2. Repair and tidy paths, patios and clean decking

  3. Fork over the soil in borders, remove weeds and mulch the beds.

  4. Remove weeds and moss on paths.


  5. VEGETABLES

  6. Sow under cold frames: beetroot, broad beans, Brussels sprouts, early carrots, lettuce, radish, spring onions, spinach turnips, parsnips, early peas and salad leaves.

  7. Sow indoors: cauliflowers, celery, leeks, onions, summer cabbage and early tomatoes for the greenhouse.

  8. Plant out autumn sown onions.

  9. Last chance to order seed potatoes this month.

  10. Hoe frequently for weed control and soil aeration.

  11. Clean and weed asparagus bed.

  12. Add manure or fertiliser in final soil preparation.


  13. FRUIT

  14. Finish all pruning and planting.

  15. Spring clean the fruit garden, weeding and mulching throughout.

  16. Plant strawberry plants.

  17. Use a net for frost protection on early blooms on fruit trees.


  18. SHRUBS

  19. Plant container grown rockery, herbaceous plants, trees and shrubs. 

  20. Begin sowing hardy annuals.

  21. Plant pot-grown shrubs, roses and climbers.

  22. Order your seeds online

  23. Use beer traps or sharp grit around plants for slug control. If you prefer you could use slug pellets, but keep them away from pets and children etc.

  24. Trim winter heathers once they have finished flowering.

  25. Prune winter jasmine as soon as flowers fade.


  26. FLOWERS

  27. Standard and climbing roses can be planted out.

  28. Plant clematis late in the month.

  29. Prune ivies.

  30. Prune roses finally towards the end of the mont.

  31. Spray roses for black spot.


  32. LAWN

  33. Rake off moss and weeds. Spike if possible and apply a lawn fertiliser.

  34. Start cutting on the mowers highest setting.

  35. Deal with wormcasts and molehills.

  36. New turf can be laid.

  37. Keep off when wet.


  38. GREENHOUSE

  39. Most seeds can be sown now in unheated greenhouses.

  40. Potted plants can be potted on if they need it.

  41. Start feeding your container and pot plants.

  42. Take cuttings of coleus and fuchsia.


  43. PONDS

  44. Clear netting from ponds before emerging plants around the edge of the pond becoming tangled up.