Unseasonal weather got us all in a flutter through February with customers rushing in to get started in their gardens. The sun and the temperature have put us all in the Spring mood, so getting your garden planted now is a must for seasonal blooms. Now that the ground has warmed up a little, we’ll look at the best things to get planted outside this month, but remember, a lot of plants and cuttings will need some time in the greenhouse or propagator to ensure they don’t suffer from any cold snaps we may have on the horizon.
Direct sow wildflower seed mixtures, sweet peas and plant bare root roses – not only do they all produce beautiful, delicate flowers that look and smell gorgeous in your home when cut, they are easy to look after and are perfect for pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Don’t worry about being neat in their positioning, relaxed country garden planting is right on trend this year.
With so much choice comes the problem of so little space for it all, so if you’re not sure where to start with planting your vegetable garden, pull out a calendar and start writing down when to harvest each crop. With a little forward planning you can have fresh vegetables right though until winter and with very little effort to make it happen. March seed sowing should include beetroot, carrots, broad beans and herbs. If you don’t have a vegetable patch per-se, Swiss chard also looks great amongst regular planting in the garden.
Don’t have much (or any!) outdoor space but are still a gardening fan? Now is the time to re-pot your houseplants before their new growth begins. Do this for plants that have become pot-bound, or for others that have sat in the same soil for a few years that could do with fresh nutrients. If you are buying new indoor plants, let them settle in their new environment in your home for a few weeks before re-potting to reduce any stress put on them. Try planting some chilli seeds and place on a sunny windowsill for their edible fruit or just for their striking colour.