What to look forward to in March

March marks the beginning of spring in many regions, bringing with it a sense of renewal and growth in the garden. Here are some things to look forward to and tasks you can do in the garden in March:

Budding and Blooming: Many plants begin to awaken from their winter dormancy in March (my favourite time of the year). Look forward to the emergence of buds on trees and shrubs, as well as the first flowers of the season. Daffodils, crocuses, tulips, and hyacinths are among the early spring bloomers to anticipate, spring flowering bulbs are normally planted in the Autumn.

Starting Seeds: March is an excellent time to start seeds indoors for vegetables, flowers, and herbs that require a longer growing season. Prepare seed trays or containers, sow seeds according to the instructions on the packet, and provide adequate light and warmth for germination, we have a good selection of seeds and relevant composts.

Planting: As the soil begins to warm up, you can start planting cool-season vegetables and flowers outdoors. Consider planting crops like lettuce, spinach, peas, carrots, radishes, and kale. We start getting our vegetable plants in around March just be careful of cold snaps and frost. You can also plant early flowering bulbs and perennials in the garden beds.

Pruning: Continue with pruning tasks in March, focusing on dormant trees, shrubs, and fruit trees. Remove dead, damaged, or crossing branches to improve the overall health and appearance of your plants.

Soil Preparation: Prepare garden beds for planting by clearing away debris, weeds, and old plant material. Work organic matter like compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its structure and fertility.

Mulching: Apply mulch to garden beds to help conserve soil moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Use organic materials like straw, shredded leaves, or bark mulch.

Dividing and Transplanting: March is a good time to divide and transplant perennials that have become overcrowded or outgrown their space. Divide clumps of plants like Hosta's, daylilies, and ornamental grasses, and replant them in new locations or share them with friends and neighbours. We have all the necessary tools for the job.

Pest and Disease Control: Monitor plants for signs of pests or diseases and take appropriate action to address any issues. Consider using organic pest control methods and practicing good garden hygiene to prevent problems.

Wildlife Watching: As the garden comes to life in March, it's a great time to observe and appreciate the wildlife that visits your garden. Keep an eye out for birds, butterflies, bees, and other pollinators that play important roles in the ecosystem.

Overall, March is an exciting time in the garden, with plenty of opportunities for growth, beauty, and productivity. Enjoy the process of welcoming spring and tending to your garden as it awakens from its winter slumber.
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