March is the month when you start sowing in earnest - so many vegetables can be started in the greenhouse, from cauiflowers, to cabbages, to aubergines and summer peas. Keep a check on those weeds too. Welcome to jobs in the garden for March.
Jobs In The Garden In March...
Top 5 Jobs - Vegetables
1. Play Out Your Spuds
You've been chitting away in Ferbuary - but now is the time to plat out onto your plot - plant out in tubs or beds and heap soil on top to protect.
2. A Sweet Place
Vegetables love flowers as companions, so start sowing Sweet Peas in succession to add to your runner bean trench - they'll attract insects as well as brightening up your home.
3. Spring Onions
Those onions you planted in the Autumn - you can now start to harvest them as 'spring onions' - just pick every other one to allow the others to grow bigger.
4. Sow In Earnest
It won't be balmy by any means but you can now start sowing all manner of crops, including summer cabbages, brocolli and cauliflowers.
5. Know Your Onions
If like us you get through tons of onions, it is a good idea to repeat sow every two weeks, to ensure a constant crop of spring onions, or fully formed onions come the Summer.
Jobs In The Garden in March - Grow Your Own Tips...
Top 5 Jobs - Herbs
1. Long Time Coming
Some herbs take a long germination, so get parsley, coriander and basil into seed pots now, preferably in a propigator or in the greenhouse.
2. Prep is Essential
Clean out your pots, guttering or raised beds ready for the Sun to warm up your plots - so that you are ready to get herbs off to a good start.
3. Feeling Hot Hot Hot
Chillis make a great addition to the greenhouse so start off in small pots now - they love the heat so use a propigator if available - if not a windowsill would be good.
4. Weed War
Most plants hate weeds and herbs are no different - it is the bane of the gardners life but if you start weeding now, chances are come late Spring & Summer you'll be ahead of the game.
5. Container Love
You don't need seedbeds, greenhouses or the like to grow herbs - fill a small container and sow cut and come again herbs like chervil and parsley - and place on your windowsill.
Top 5 Jobs - Fruit
1. Spring Prune
Soft fruit trees such as peaches, apricots and nectarines would welcome their Spring prune - allowing light and air through the trees to encourage better fruiting.
2. Blossoming Future
The first blossoms of the year should be appearing now so to protect them from the birds and the weather, cover with fleece or a cold frame (if against a wall).
3. Get Out Your Paintbrush
Some trees such as peaches and apricots need a helping hand when it comes to polination - so get out a paint brush and gently transfer the pollen from flower to flower
4. Grape Train
Grape vines are a sight to behold come late August and September and it all starts now - plant with posts, south facing if possible.
5. Berry Heaven
Foraging for wild blackberries is a fab way to spend a late September evening, but having you own must be just as good - plant now with posts and supports.