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What to in the garden this week - First week of March?

Don’t be a slave to all those gardening magazine that are telling you to sow seeds outdoors now if the conditions are not ideal Often these magazine are written 3 months ago and cannot predict the weather now!  My garden is extremly wet so although the grass looks like it needs cutting I will not venture out with th lawn mower until it drys out a bit!

The Flower Garden

  • Prune out old stems of elder (Sambucus) to promote new growth from the base
  • Cut back last year’s buddleia stems to ground level
  • Hard prune trees that respond to pollarding, such as willows, the foxglove tree (Paulownia) and Eucalyptus gunnii, to promote new growth
  • Lift and divide large clumps of hosta
  • Trim winter-flowering jasmine and tie in new shoots to supports
  • Sprinkle granular fertiliser around clumps of spring bulbs
  • Finish pruning roses as soon as possible
  • Cut down all previous year’s growth on Clematis tangutica. New shoots will develop from the base, which will flower later in summer

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Plant onion sets in modular trays of compost, raising plants under cover to plant out later
  • Repair netting on fruit cages
  • Continue forcing sea kale and chicory
  • Buy herbs to plant up in containers that you can position near the house
  • Plant out shallots
  • Sow a green manure crop, such as crimson clover, fenugreek or field lupins, which can be dug into the soil later in the season to improve it
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside or under cloches: carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad or stir fry leaves, radish, turnip, peas, lettuce and Swiss chard

Greenhouse

  • Plant onion sets in modular trays of compost, raising plants under cover to plant out later
  • Repair netting on fruit cages
  • Continue forcing sea kale and chicory
  • Buy herbs to plant up in containers that you can position near the house
  • Plant out shallots
  • Sow a green manure crop, such as crimson clover, fenugreek or field lupins, which can be dug into the soil later in the season to improve it
  • Sow seeds of the following crops outside or under cloches: carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad or stir fry leaves, radish, turnip, peas, lettuce and Swiss chard

Around The Garden

  • Mow lawns then trim new edges with a half-moon edging tool
  • Dig compost into borders to improve water retention
  • Add copper rings to pots to protect plants from slugs and snails
  • Hoe bare areas of soil on dry days to remove weed seedlings
  • Replenish gravel and stone mulches on alpine gardens and scree beds
  • Buy summer-flowering bulbs to plant in spring, such as gladioli, tigridia, galtonia, eucomis, anemone, lily and acidanthera

For more gardening information join me on my website at www.babicz.com

Andrew



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