Tuesday, May 22, 2018

09 Mar

March Garden – Sowing & Planting

Aubretia spring perennial

In March you can enjoy the beautiful spring perennials such as Aubretia

It can be difficult to keep to a schedule in March, as the weather can be so fickle. Generally, you can enjoy the beautiful spring perennials such as Bergenia, Rock Cress and Aubrietia.

Easter and British Summer Time, at the end of March, highlights the approach of summer and hopefully some warmer spring-like weather and of course longer days.

Don’t forget to ventilate your greenhouse properly because the higher sun and longer daylight hours can turn it into an oven, but remember to close them again as frosts are still occurring!

Sowing and planting

March Garden Bulbs

Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Alliums

Plant summer flowering bulbs such as Dahlias, Begonias, Agapanthus and Alliums. Bulbs should feel firm to the touch and should be free from mould. Bulbs prefer good drainage, so when planting put a handful of grit at the bottom of the planting hole.
Plant herbaceous perennials such as Geranium, Anemones, Aquilegia and Hellebores.  Spring is an ideal time to plant perennials and also to consider what might complement your existing borders.  Now is the time to order these perennials.

If you didn’t have time to sow Sweet Peas indoors earlier in the year, don’t worry you can now sow Sweet Peas outside if you live in milder areas.  Sweet Peas  are easy to grow and by July you should be enjoying the scent and colours of these wonderful flowers.

Sow summer bedding plants under glass or in a heated propagator.  A great range of summer bedding plant seeds are available now from Jersey Plants Direct.  Or if you don’t have a greenhouse order plug bedding plants and let us do the hard work for you.

Vegetables

Plant Onions, Shallots and Garlic sets outdoors. Harden off and plant out Broad Beans, Peas, Garlic and Shallots that have been raised in a greenhouse. Protect if there is a risk of frost.

Plant your Early Potatoes such as Pentland Javelin and Red Duke of York. Jersey Plants Direct have a selection of some of the country’s best-loved potatoes. With prices starting at £3.99, there is something here for everyone. Keep an eye on the weather for frost and ensure that they are watered if there is a lack of rain!

Sow seed indoors for Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Salad and Courgettes. There are plenty of varieties of Tomatoes to grow. Now, hardier varieties can be grown outdoors, but remember they are native to a hot climate. Jersey Plants Direct have lots of vegetable seeds for you but also a range of jumbo ready plants if you would rather let us do the hard work for you!

Prepare supports for Peas and Runner Beans.


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