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What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

In 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
  • Cut back old leaves of Epimedium

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • 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
  • Plant onion sets in modular trays under cover for planting out later

In The Greenhouse

  • Order seedlings and bedding plants from mail-order suppliers
  • Sow dwarf French beans in a large pot for an early crop in June
  • Plant lily bulbs in pots either to use in the border or to add elegance to a patio display
  • Repot established agapanthus into slightly larger containers using a loam-based compost
  • Plant begonia and gloxinia tubers in pots
  • Take cuttings from dahlias planted last month to raise new plants

Generally 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

 

Add Copper rings round pots as a barrier to slugs and snails!

What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

In 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
  • Cut back old leaves of Epimedium

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • 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
  • Plant onion sets in modular trays under cover for planting out later

In The Greenhouse

  • Order seedlings and bedding plants from mail-order suppliers
  • Sow dwarf French beans in a large pot for an early crop in June
  • Plant lily bulbs in pots either to use in the border or to add elegance to a patio display
  • Repot established agapanthus into slightly larger containers using a loam-based compost
  • Plant begonia and gloxinia tubers in pots
  • Take cuttings from dahlias planted last month to raise new plants

Generally 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

 

Add Copper rings round pots as a barrier to slugs and snails!

What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

In 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
  • Cut back old leaves of Epimedium

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • 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
  • Plant onion sets in modular trays under cover for planting out later

In The Greenhouse

  • Order seedlings and bedding plants from mail-order suppliers
  • Sow dwarf French beans in a large pot for an early crop in June
  • Plant lily bulbs in pots either to use in the border or to add elegance to a patio display
  • Repot established agapanthus into slightly larger containers using a loam-based compost
  • Plant begonia and gloxinia tubers in pots
  • Take cuttings from dahlias planted last month to raise new plants

Generally 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

 

Add Copper rings round pots as a barrier to slugs and snails!

What To Do In The Garden – First Week of March

In 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
  • Cut back old leaves of Epimedium

In The Fruit and Vegetable Garden

  • 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
  • Plant onion sets in modular trays under cover for planting out later

In The Greenhouse

  • Order seedlings and bedding plants from mail-order suppliers
  • Sow dwarf French beans in a large pot for an early crop in June
  • Plant lily bulbs in pots either to use in the border or to add elegance to a patio display
  • Repot established agapanthus into slightly larger containers using a loam-based compost
  • Plant begonia and gloxinia tubers in pots
  • Take cuttings from dahlias planted last month to raise new plants

Generally 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

 

Add Copper rings round pots as a barrier to slugs and snails!

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