While it may not be officially Spring according to our calendars, according to the daffodils and crocuses and the blossom on the trees it most definitely is!
I would like to introduce my lovely friend, Sarah Clapham, a mum of two and gardener who lives in Bishopston who has kindly offered to share her seasonal gardening tips every month on Bishopston Mum.
Whether you have a garden or an allotment, wish to do some pot or window sill gardening or simply want to know what to look out for/listen to every month when you are out and about with your children, Sarah’s monthly list should prove helpful!
Today, Sarah shares her seasonal gardening tips for March. She talks about seeds to sow, things to grow, plus some wonderful things to look out for with your kids such as frogspawn and wild garlic. Enjoy…
Here are a few ideas for March. These are jobs for the garden or allotment but some are suited to pot or windowsill gardening too. The weather is variable with frosts still possible in March, there are lots to be getting on with though.
On the vegetable patch…
Weeding. Keeping on top of weeds is a good idea, they will grow quickly from now on!
The soil will benefit from the addition of well-rotted compost or manure to ‘feed’ it. Healthy nutritious soil grows strong plants.
Many veg and flower seeds can be sown in trays or small pots of compost and kept indoors in a sunny spot to germinate e.g. cabbage, lettuce, leeks & spinach to name a few.
Veg seeds such as broad beans, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnip, onion and garlic sets and early potatoes can be sown directly into the ground or pots outside.
Prune apple and pear trees before the buds burst
General garden jobs…
Mow the lawn if the weather is dry enough!
Prune roses and dogwoods.
Sow hardy annual flower seeds e.g. Marigold, sunflower, sweet pea, nasturtium outside.
Plant some spring bedding plants from your local nursery for instant colour in borders or pots e.g. Grape hyacinths, narcissus and pansies.
Things for you and your children to look at/listen for when you are out and about…
- Frog and toad spawn in ponds (have a wander down to Golden Hill Community Garden to see some of this!)
- Ramson (wild garlic) in woodlands
- Blackthorn in blossom