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In March, the days become longer, the ground is warming up and the weeds are starting to grow – the gardening season starts here. Keep on top of your gardening in early spring and the rest of the year runs like clockwork.
The gardening season starts here, March is all go!
Spring clean the garden – fork over the soil in borders, weed and mulch.
Remove weeds and moss on paths and drives.
Prune bush roses, vigorous climbing roses, Buddleja, dogwoods and willows, elders and Eucalyptus.
Scrub or pressure wash patio slabs.
Keep heating the greenhouse and water plants very sparingly – on sunny days, cover the propagator in the greenhouse with a single sheet of newspaper and on cold nights with several layers for insulation.
Feed fish if weather is warm and fish are active.
Replace underwater lighting and submersible pumps for running fountains
Tidy up the rock garden, top up stone chipping around plants and fill any gaps with new rock plants.
Sow wildflowers and hardy annuals.
Plant gladioli corms and lily bulbs.
Prepare soil, then snow lettuce, rocket, radishes, spring onions, leeks, onions, broad beans, parsnips, spinach, turnips, early varieties of carrots and peas.
Plant early potatoes grown in pots undercover; plant outdoors at the end of the month.
Harden off and protect early vegetables by covering them with horticultural fleece.
Make the first cut if it is dry enough and begin regular mowing.