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The Garden in March

28 February 2017 by Pennells Garden Centre
The Garden in March

The Garden in March

March sees the start of spring and it’s an exciting time in the garden. Getting a good start to your gardening now will make it a lot easier later on in the year.

Spring bulbs will be starting to grow, and to ensure that they do well over the coming years give them a feed with a granular plant food while they are actively growing.

Finish pruning your roses, cutting stems back by two thirds to an outward facing bud, using a sharp pair of secateurs. This will encourage new growth with more flowers. Feed your roses as well with Miracle Gro Rose plus to ensure they stay strong and well.

Now’s the time to sow sweet peas in pots of Multi -Purpose Compost and keep in a sheltered spot where a temperature around 12 degrees C (55F) can be easily maintained. These perfumed climbers
do not appreciate root disturbance, so sow three or four seeds to each 4 inch pot and plant out
the clump in late spring.

Now’s the time to prune the summer flowering clematis such as C Jackmanii Superba and the viticella varieties. Prune the plant back to just above where the previous year’s growth started from. Feed all clematis with a dressing of granular fertiliser.

• Prepare ground for sowing by removing weeds and applying a general fertiliser such as Growmore Garden Fertiliser.
• Start to sow vegetable seeds outside including carrots, radishes and lettuces.
• Plant out onions from sets.
• Plant sprouted first early potatoes
• Feed tree fruit and soft fruit bushes and mulch with organic Farmyard Manure.
• For an early crop of strawberries, cover established plants now with cloches and protect the plants from slugs using Slug Buster.
• Keep the vegetable and fruit beds weed free.
• Prune bushes and shrubs to encourage new growth.
• Sow hardy annual flower seeds outside such as calendulas, cornflowers, love-in-a-mist and californian poppies.
• Plant Gladioli corms and Lily bulbs around the garden borders.
• Clear debris and old stems from beds and borders as well as weeds and follow with good mulch of compost or bark.
• Divide and replant congested perennials.
• Start to mow lawn regularly, start with blades on the highest setting.
• Check/set up water butts.

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