• Edward Bowring

Gardening Jobs for March


March


Here in West Sussex we've finally had the first taster of spring. It's such a joy to not have to wear a jacket gardening or walking the dog and feel the gentle warmth of the sun for the first time in months.


March can be a busy time in the garden preparing for the season ahead, but it is also a month of hope. The daffodils, iris and crocus are out in all their glory and signal that warmer days are coming. Each evening is slightly lighter than the last and allows for some pottering in the garden before the children's bedtime interrupts.


We're not out of the woods yet though, there is still a very real risk of frost so keep tender plants under cover and keep an eye on the forecast! So enjoy the milder days out in the garden and here are some ideas of what you could be doing this month:




What to do in the garden this month:


Sow/Plant:

Sow hardy annuals under cover

Sow courgettes, leeks, peas, beetroot under cover

Sow broad beans direct

Order dahlias and pot up and keep under cover

Pinch out autumn sown sweet pea tips

Sow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and aubergines in a propagator

Start chitting early potatoes and plant out at the end of the month

Mulch asparagus and artichokes

Divide perennials

Plant trees and fruit bushes

Plant summer flowering bulbs

Plant asparagus crowns

Prepare beds and borders

Lift and divide snowdrops



Harvest/pick:

Iris, hyacinths, early tulips, daffodils

Leeks, kale, cabbage, chard, spinach



Secature/lopper jobs:

Deadhead daffodils

Prune cornus (dogwoods at the end of the month) and pot up the cuttings

Prune winter flowering jasmine after flowering

Prune fuchsia, buddlias and decidous grasses

Cut back old perennial growth

Prune shrub roses

Deadhead hydrangeas



Lawns and ponds:

Mow when the grass starts growing but

not too short!