March is such an exciting month! There are seeds to sow, new plants to choose, and spring to enjoy. Here are a few of the jobs you can get on with this month:
- Get flower beds ready for the year ahead by scattering general fertiliser between plants and mulching with well-rotted manure or soil improver.
- Treat lawns for moss by applying moss killer, available from our garden centre here in Poynings.
- Wait a few weeks, then rake it out.
- Remove faded daffodil heads once they finish flowering to encourage good results again next year.
- Finish pruning roses and water thoroughly before sprinkling rose fertiliser at their feet to get them off to the best possible start.
- Sow seeds of hardy annuals like calendula and love-in- a-mist into prepared soil in a sunny spot.
- Plant out early potatoes towards the end of the month – cover the row with a double layer of horticultural fleece to protect them from frost.
- Plant onion sets in a sunny, well-drained spot with the neck of each bulb just above the soil, allowing 12-15cm between each bulb.
- Feed fruit bushes with sulphate of potash to encourage a bumper harvest.