RHS set to unearth the nations gardening knowledge with its first ever Dig Together Day (1,5 & 6 September)
Early Spring is the time when the sowing starts in earnest. The careful preparation of the past few months will serve you well as the busiest time of year approaches.
Indoor sowings of Tomatoes, Aubergines and Peppers should be carried out, and leave them on windows sills to germinate. If we have a cold snap this month it could be disastrous in the garden. Keep you eyes open for any sign of severe weather forecasts and then cover everything in fleece to stop the worst of the damage. With warmer, and hopefully dryer days becoming more common, it's going to be less of a chore to be in the garden this month.
The Vegetable Garden in March
- Finish any digging
- Force Rhubarb
- Sow early crops under cloches
- Warm soil using cloches
In the fruit garden in March
Prune Apple trees and other hardy fruit trees
Plant container grown trees and mulch well
Get ready to do any grafting
Dig in manure around the base of fruit trees
Prepare strawberry beds
Check the grease bands around fruit trees and renew as required.
If not already done, prune Raspberry canes to 6 inches. Keep the canes for supports for peas or similar
Check the fruit stores for rotting fruit, or attacks by rodents
Plant fruit trees, fruit canes and fruit bushes.
Prepare strawberry beds.
The Flower garden in March
Prepair borders with manure
Divide herbacious plants
Normally in late winter it is time to dig the lawn mower out of the garage from under the empty christmas present boxes. But the chances are this year that you may have already used the mower. Either way, it is time to get it serviced, and ready for the job.
Other jobs to do include checking your seeds and ordering any you are missing
Make sure you have enough fleece insulating your coldframes.
Tidy up the beds and finish any digging.
The Greenhouse in March
Time to sow the bedding plants
Prick out any seedlings that are ready
Keep the greenhouse glass clean to maximise the light
Start any tubers off.
Whitefly in the greenhouse - treat it with a parasitic wasp and bacterial soap.