Gardening In March: Everything You Need To Do In The Garden This Month

Friday, 11 March 2022

Gardening in March: As spring approaches, the weather warms up and the days get longer, and the focus turns to planting and sowing.

Perennials and bulbs
If you haven't cleared away the dead stems in your garden from last year's perennials, now's the last chance to do it before the new growth comes through which makes it really tricky to see what's what. Get to grips with plants such as echinacea and rudbeckias and cut them back as close as you can to the ground.

'Roses can be pruned now. Train climbing roses into a fan shape; horizontal branches produce the most flowering shoots. Cut out some of the oldest branches. Shrub roses can be cut back to around 8ins (20cm) from the ground to just above a healthy bud,' says Angela Slater, Hayes Garden World's gardening expert.

Also keep an eye out for plants that you can divide. Look out for any congested clumps of perennials such as persicaria, geraniums, daylily and iris – in fact, pretty much anything with lots of stems.

Top tip: Dividing a plant will keep it healthy and enable you to double your stock!

Prepare to sow
If you've already done your winter digging, you only need to make final preparations to get your soil ready for sowing. 'Hoe off any weeds, take out any stones or bits of old roots and rubbish, sprinkle a light coating of general-purpose organic fertiliser over the area, and rake the surface down, leaving a seedbed the texture of cake crumbs,' advises Steve Guy, Market Director of Outdoor at B&Q

Fruit and vegetables
'This is the time to be sowing vegetable seeds and placing in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame,' says Angela. 'Check the sowing conditions as some may need to be placed in a heated propagator, such as tomatoes, aubergines, chillies and cucumbers.'

Sow lettuces, tomatoes, salads and cauliflowers under cover. Outside, you can sow peas, carrots, beetroot, summer and autumn cabbages, herbs, leeks, spinach, turnips, spring onions, broad beans, Brussels sprouts and parsnips.

This is also a good time to start planting out early potatoes, onions, garlic and shallots. Permanent crops, such as asparagus and strawberries, can also be planted now..

SEEDS TO SOW IN MARCH

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Remember - 

  • Tomatoes 
  • Salad leaves
  • Cauliflower 

Are advised to sow under cover and... 

  • Carrots
  • Beetroot
  • Herbs
  • Leeks
  • Spring onion
  • Broad beans 
  • Parsnips 

All fine to sow outside ! 

Bare-root roses

March is the latest you should plant bare-root roses. These are usually purchased by mail order and arrive, as the name suggests, not in a container but with their roots exposed, so it's very important to get the plants into the ground as soon as possible.

Roses appreciate well-drained, rich earth, so pile in plenty of well-rotted manure or other soil improver before you plant.

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Summer bulbs

Now is also the ideal time to plant summer bulbs such as gladioli, crocosmia, lilies and agapanthus outside. You can pretty much forget about them once they're in and they'll be a wonderful surprise when August comes. Or put some dahlias in pots under cover where they can start to grow – they can then be planted out once the danger of frosts has passed.

   

 

Small space? Too much choice? This is what you should focus on in March

If you're short on outdoor space or you're spoilt for choice with all the varieties on offer, Marcus Eyles, Resident gardening expert and Horticultural Director at Dobbies, has shared several plants you should focus on in your garden this month.

Hardy plants: Blossom (e.g. Magnolias & Cherries & Clematis Montana)

Flower garden: Lupins, Delphiniums, Hollyhocks & Foxgloves

Bedding plants: Dianthus including Pink Kisses

Grow your own: Herbs & Strawberries

   

   

  

Wildlife


Bees will start to emerge from their winter homes and look for new places to nest. To welcome bees into your garden, sow or plant pollinating plants such as lavender, foxgloves or euphorbia.

You can also create a safe haven for insects with a bug hotel. All you need to do is find a sheltered spot, and then fill with pots, pipes and natural materials. Follow our guide on how to make a bug hotel in five easy steps -

A bug hotel, also known as an insect hotel, is a clever manmade structure to provide a place of refuge and safety for smaller insects in your garden.

Depending on size, they can shelter everything from hedgehogs to toads, bees and bumblebees. Creating your own in early spring will mean that come winter, your bug hotel will be teeming with small guests — and offer them a place to hide away during the cold weather.

'Building a bug hotel is a great activity for the entire family and you probably won't need to buy anything, as it will all be lying around the garden or in wooded areas,' say the team at BillyOh. 'Knowing exactly what bugs and insects you're wanting to encourage means that you can tailor the hotel for them specifically. Thinking about whether these insects feed off smaller bugs or where they need to lay their larvae will also help with these decisions.'

Want to know how to make your own bug hotel? Here are five easy tips to follow...

1. Collect your materials
Before you make a start, begin collecting the materials you would like to use. The house doesn't have to be huge, but the more sections you add will increase the number of insects you have paying a visit. Opt for different materials, such as dry leaves, twigs, bark, pallets, old terracotta pots, hollow stems, and of course, plenty of soil.

2. Start with the base
Once you have decided on the right location for the bug hotel (choose somewhere close to wildflowers if you can), it's time to start building.

For the base, lay bricks on the ground to create a sturdy foundation. Remember to leave a few gaps so that insects can wriggle their way through. Placing dry leaves on the floor will help to mimic a natural forest, inviting even more crawly creatures to visit. Then, start to place more bricks and palettes to add height to the house.

3. Fill your bug hotel
Take the smaller materials you gathered together and begin to fill your bug hotel with dead wood, tubes, stones and tiles.

Top tip: Fill different areas with various materials to attract all kinds of insects. This really is the fun part as you can get creative with designing a space bugs will love.

4. Place the roof
Once your bug hotel is jam-packed with inviting materials and textures, it's time to close it up — and await the new creatures. Not only will the roof help the house not to topple over, but it will keep it dry during wet weather. It's recommended you surround your hotel with nectar-rich flowers, to attract butterflies, bees and other pollinating insects.

5. Enjoy!
It may take a while for insects to check in to your hotel, but when they eventually do, it certainly will be a sight to enjoy. Bug hotels tend to be more popular during the warmer months and at night time, so don't be disheartened if you don't always spot them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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