Seasonal Tips for March

  • Plant asparagus crowns, shallots, onion sets and early potatoes. Chit early and maincrop potatoes.
 
  • Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
 
  • Plant summer-flowering bulbs.
 
  • Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials.
 
  • Top dress containers with fresh compost.
 
  • Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand.
 
  • Apply a nitrogen feed such as poultry manure to blackcurrants, plums, cherries, cooking apples and pears as they're hungry feeders.
 
  • The following seeds can be sown outdoors when mild: broad beans, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, onions, lettuces, radish, peas, spinach, summer cabbage, salad leaves, leeks, Swiss chard, kohl rabi, turnip and summer cauliflower.
 
  • The following seeds can be sown indoors: sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, salads and globe artichokes.
 
  • Protect early outdoor sowings with fleece and polythene.