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March is usually regarded as the start of the gardening year as there is much to do. Many plants are coming into growth and in the case of early ones, flowering. If you planted spring flowering bulbs last year you will now be seeing the lovely results of your labours as they start to bloom. Shrubs like forsythia, camellias and rhododendrons will be starting to bloom as well.

Jobs around the Garden…

  • We can still get frosts so continue covering any tender plants when necessary
  • You can now start mowing your lawn- take care not to cut too low at first. You can also fix any bare patches in your lawn by using MiracleGro Patch Magic
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs and corms, such as gladioli and dahlias
  • Clean up borders, removing weeds, feed and mulch as you go. Always add mulch to damp soil, never dry, as the idea is to conserve moisture in the soil
  • Don’t be tempted to cut back foliage from early flowering bulbs when they have finished, they should be left to die back naturally to boost the bulbs for the next season.
  • Start your feeding regime now both in the borders and vegetable/fruit gardens.
  • Prune bush and climbing rose
  • Protect new spring shoots from snails & slugs

Flowers to sow…

Undercover in a greenhouse/propagator:

  • Asters
  • Brachyscome
  • Bizzy Lizzie
  • Dahlia
  • Geraniums
  • Petunias
  • Stocks


  • California Poppies
  • Cornflowers
  • Wildflower Mix

Vegetables to grow…

Herbs to start undercover:

  • Basil
  • Lemon Balm
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Vegetables to sow directly into the soil:

  • Beetroot
  • Broad Beans
  • Cabbages
  • Calabrese
  • Carrots
  • Kohl Rabi
  • Leeks
  • Parsnips
  • Spinach
  • Spring Onions
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips

Sow between rows as a catch crop: Lettuce, Radish and Spinach

Wildlife Gardening in March…

  • Top up bird feeders
  • Make sure your bird bath is cleaned and topped up
  • Make sure nest boxes are up and secure, you can also help nesting birds by tying up bunches of twigs, moss and other suitable materials
  • Continue leaving food out for hedgehog’s
  • Start feeding the fish, little and often, and using the pond fountain, you can remove pond heaters

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