In The Garden – March Edition

11 . 03 . 21

Getting ready for Spring

With the sun starting to make more of an appearance and the days getting a little warmer and longer, it can only mean one thing – Spring is almost here! There are lots of things that you can be getting up to in the garden this month, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites. Grab those gardening gloves and get out into the garden to enjoy the little bit of sun we are being graced with.

Flowers

If you have any spring bulbs planted, such as daffodils, now is the time to pick off any of the developing seed heads. The foliage should be left to die back naturally as this promotes bigger, better plants and flowers next year!

Lilies are a lovely addition to your garden and if you’re thinking of growing them this year, make sure you plant them (and other summer-flowering bulbs) this month. They can be planted in pots and borders, adding a touch of elegance to your garden.

Wildflowers are beautiful and a great way to add an array of colour to your space. Sow your wildflower seeds trays and be on your way to creating your very own mini-meadow, or if the weather allows sow directly in to well tilled soil for a true wildflower boarder later in the year!

March is also a great time to do a little bit of tidying. Remove any weeds from your borders and then mulch with a generous amount of garden compost, or well rotted manure

Fruit & Veg

If you’re leaning more towards growing fruit and vegetables, you can make a start on your first outdoor sowings, and sow hardy veg such as spinach with cloches or fleece. You can also begin to get a head start on things like tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers and other more tender vegetables if you have a greenhouse or spare windowsill at home!

To keep the fruit away from slugs, you can plant strawberries in hanging baskets and place young herbs in containers, keeping them near your door for easy access.

Fig trees can be planted in large containers, this will help to restrict the roots, limiting its overall size and encouraging it to fruit.

When the weather starts to get a little bit warmer, you can start hoeing your veg beds, as weeds will grow quickly. If the soil is warm enough, you can sow parsnips as they need a little extra time to germinate.

Spring cleaning

March is also the perfect time to start focusing on general garden maintenance. Mowing your lawns, pruning any wind-damaged branches on your trees and shrubs and checking tree ties aren’t too tight are all things that you can be getting busy with. Buy (or build) a new compost bin, ready to recycle this year’s garden waste. Don’t forget to look out for our feathery friends! Keep putting out food as the breeding season begins.

We’re excited for the warmer weather and looking forward to seeing the changes in our gardens. Taking the time to care for your garden when it’s a little colder can be difficult but we promise the results will be worth all of your hard work.

Happy Gardening!