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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

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

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

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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