Jobs For March
is a busy month in the garden. Irrespective
of the weather conditions there is lots of work
that needs to be completed.
secret of good mulching is applying the compost
or bark before the soil dries out. The mulch
will help to prevent moisture evaporating but
on dry ground it will inhibit water getting
will be growing more quickly and regular cutting
will be necessary. A feed of a high nitrogen
lawn fertilizer will help to green up the lawn.
Where necessary scarifying to remove moss should
be undertaken soon. Edging the grass will help
tidy the area.
are appearing all over the garden. Hand weeding
is essential where they are invading rows of
seedlings. Larger perennial weeds may be tackled
with glyphosate weedkiller. Choose a calm, dry
day for applying the spray.
the soil conditions are right sow vegetables
such as peas, beans, spring onions and lettuce.
With lettuce don’t sow too many seeds
or you will have a glut of plants all ready
for harvesting at the same time.
may be planted in drills with the shoots upwards.
As soon as the sprouts appear above ground earth
them up to protect them from late frosts.
and prune clematis and sprinkle a few handfuls
of general purpose fertilizer in the area of
is traditionally the month for pruning bush
roses. St. Patrick’s day is as good a
day as any other. Prune to remove most of last
year’s growth making a sloping cut above
an outward pointing bud. Mulch the bed and apply
a special rose fertilizer containing the necessary
trace elements such as iron and magnesium.
seedlings germinate and are pricked out in the
greenhouse apply a watering of Cheshunt Compound
to prevent sudden death due to damping of. Once
dry, compost in pots and seed trays is difficult
to re-wet so make sure that the compost doesn’t
warm, sunny days open the greenhouse ventilators,
closing them before dark.
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