March is the official beginning of spring but can sometimes be very cold. So keep an eye on the weather forecast and wait if conditions are not right. The clocks are moving forward this month so longer daylight hours also encourage the plants to grow. Spring onions play a major role in borders and indoor pots and reward your efforts to plant them last fall
- Now that spring has arrived, the temperature should start to rise. But the lush new growth that this encourages is irresistible to snails and slugs. So take control now.
- We found that iron-based phosphate-based organic snail granules are as effective as metal-dehydrated spheres. We have also succeeded with biological standards, although they do not control snails.
- Biological management uses microscopic nematodes, which are natural snail predators. You can buy empty packages with a certificate in the garden center or by mail order from specialized companies. They need a minimum floor temperature of 5 ° C so the company only sends them when the conditions are right.
Clean the mower
- Before the first mowing of the year, check the lower part of the mower and the mower and remove any old debris that may stick to it.
- This makes the mower easier to push and more efficient at work. If there is one task you need to work on more often next year, it is important to clean the bottom of the mower regularly.
Build your own jobs for March
Plant vigorous vegetables
- Whether you grow them yourself or buy plants, use solid vegetables as well and in the ground when it is large enough.
- Then cover the plants with a solid chip to catch the sun’s heat and protect them from wind and pests such as rabbits.
Broad beans, spinach, , Onion, early cabbage such as cabbage, calabrese, kale and cauliflower, beet, radish, parsley, coriander and dill you can sow them all indoors in pots and plant them outdoors when they are big enough to handle.
You can also sow them directly in the ground and dilute the cuttings to the distances indicated on the seed bags.
Plant new potatoes
- Although most potato varieties are planted in April, giants such as ‘Rocket’ should be planted in early March.
- Plant them in the ground in rows at 45 cm intervals, about 40 cm apart.
- Alternatively, if you want to grow them in pots, use one with a diameter of at least 25 cm and fill it in half with one of our pots Dig the potato just below the compost. When the shoots grow, cover them with more compost until the pot is full. Cover the young plants with garden chips if frost is expected. Make sure you water the pot regularly so that the compost is moist and not wet.
- Your potatoes should be ready for harvest in late June or early July. Make sure they are finished by placing your hand in the pot and gently feeling for the tubers. When they are large enough, tilt the contents of the jar or let it grow.
Sow tomatoes to grow indoors
- Wait until the middle of the month, then sow all the tomatoes you are going to grow indoors, and then put the plants in individual pots.
- Plants for outdoor use are best sown in April, or they will be ready before it is warm enough to plant outdoors.
Plant onion set
- Onion sets (small pears) can be a more expensive method of growing onions than growing plants from seeds, but they are quick and easy to start.
- Place the rows at 30 cm intervals to facilitate weeding and place the plants at 5 cm intervals.
Give birth to the rhubarb
- Give a rhubarb boost with nitrogen-rich foods like ammonia sulfate or chicken manure pellets.
- Gently spray it into the soil surface around the plant and water it when the weather is dry.
- The first rhubarb stalks should be ready for growth in April.
Plant and flower work for March
Install plug system
- As soon as the sticks arrive in the mail, remove them from the packaging and repack them in Best Buy compost for growing young plants.
- Water them carefully and place them in a light, frost-free place such as a greenhouse or window sill.
Deadhead feather bulbs
- Depending on the weather, spring onions, like fertilizer channels, may fade or not open until the end of March.
- Remove the pale flowers and place them on the compost.
- Give the onion tomato food to stimulate beautiful presentations next year.
- Lift up a cluster of snowdrops, divide them into two or three bulbs and replant them.
Watch out for lily bells
- March may seem a bit early to watch out for lily beetles, but at this time of year they often attack the crown emperor (Fritillaria imperialis). Later they will attack the lily flowers and foliage.
- Crush any of the red adult beetles and black larvae you find or they will quickly crush leaves and flowers.
Refresh long-term pots
Replace the dahlia bulbs
- Grow them on light, frost-free spots and they will start well, ready to plant outside after the frost has passed in late spring.
- You can also use part of the shoots to make cuttings later.
Plant summer bulbs
- Look for colorful borders this summer by planting pears like gladioli, galtonia and eukomes.
Sow half a year hard
- Get plenty of color in the borders and pots this summer by sowing semi-hard cohorts indoors. Good plants to try are zinnias, antirrhinum, cosmos, nicotiana and marigolds.
- Sow larger seeds in a baking tray and sow smaller seeds in pots or seed trays to grow in individual pots as plants.