The month of March brings a new phase for your garden. A good gardener knows that with the start of March, spring is almost here, which means longer days to spend outside and a little more sunshine to help keep your plants healthy. It also means starting the next stage of your planting scheme: what exactly can you plant in March?
March brings conditions that allow you to start planting and sowing a number of new vegetables. However, it also brings its fair share of new maintenance jobs. As the weather improves, pests will start to return to your garden, as will every gardener's biggest enemy: weeds!
Whatever the time of year, a good gardener knows to pay close attention to the conditions that each of their plants requires. Read the instructions carefully for any seeds that your buy and do not deviate, unless you have enough experience to know precisely what you are doing.
A more novice-level hobbyist gardener can benefit from hiring a professional local gardener. As well as general garden maintenance, they can also provide garden planting services, tree planting and expertise on garden design. They can even help you with garden clearance if you still need to prepare your space for planting.
As far as months go, March can be indecisive, caught as it is between February frost and April showers. However, as the weather gets slowly warmer and the days grow gradually longer, you will have more opportunities to get outside gardening.
Remember, as always, that every seed you buy will have its own ideal method for planting. Read your instructions carefully and follow them to the letter if you want to give your vegetables their best chance.
To sow: Beetroot, broad beans, carrots, cabbages, spinach, kohlrabi, watercress, chard, turnips, spring onions, chicory, chives, coriander, dill, parsley, kale, leeks, parsnips, peas.
To plant: Artichoke, asparagus, rhubarb, shallots, onion, garlic.
Note: When choosing garlic and shallots, avoid buying any bulbs that have already started shooting.
Greenhouses and poly-tunnels are good tools for giving your greens a solid start at this time of year. They help to protect your plants from the elements, while also keeping them in a warm environment that encourages growth. It is good to start growing certain vegetables in a greenhouse or poly-tunnel in March before moving them outside when the weather gets warmer.
To plant: Cucumbers, gherkins, tomatoes, salad leaves.
Changing conditions in your garden will bring new garden maintenance jobs. It is important to keep on top of these in order to ensure the health of your plants. What starts as a tiny problem in March could grow into a huge threat to your greens later on in the year!