March is almost here, it’s time to get planting
March is the time of year that we start to welcome Spring and see days getting noticeably longer, meaning we get to spend more time outside and in the garden. March may still see some frosty mornings, but is the perfect time of year for some plants to start growing.
During March, we recommend taking a look at your outdoor plants and pruning any that you may have, ready for Spring and Summer. If you have any shrubs of small trees, we also recommend adding compost to the top soil to help them grow and strengthen.
Planting in March can be done, but for the best results, the you should pot plant seeds or bulbs and grow them on a windowsill or in a greenhouse. Starting your plants in doors or in a protected environment is key to having strong plants ready to be planted for the Summer. Some great choices for this time of year are French and runner beans or Dahlia tubers.
If you are an avid fruit fan, fruit trees should be planted in March, giving them enough time to stabilise in the ground and grow in time for Summer fruiting.
March is also the perfect time to move deciduous trees, if the ground has thawed out of course. Once moved, feed them with slow release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the surface.
If you are preparing your garden for the Summer months then plants and flowers such as Gladiolus, Lilies and Ranunculus should be planted into beds, borders and containers throughout March.
If any of your plants need supporting, then we recommend adding these supports now so your plants can start to grow up them.
March is the ideal month to sow your seeds ready for potting and planting in June. So stock up on pots and compost for your greenhouse or indoor areas and start steadily growing your seeds.
There are a few vegetables that are perfect for growing in March such as; broad beans, potatoes, asparagus, onion, shallot, garlic, carrots, radishes and lettuce.