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What to do in the garden during March

Officially the start of Spring but the weather may have other ideas. The start of the busy period with lots of seed sowing but don’t be in too much of a hurry to start. The warmer days of April will make seed germination much easier and you won’t have the problem of a full cold frame for long before planting begins in May/June.

POTATOES are traditionally planted on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) but use this more as an indication rather than a steadfast rule. Obviously if the ground if frozen or covered in snow, wait a few weeks. First Early Potatoes can be planted the second week of March with the Second Early Potatoes going into the ground at the end of the month, Main Crop Potatoes won’t be planted until next month.

Spend as much time as possible weeding because the warmer days of late March and April will soon bring weeds back into life. Keep an eye on the weather. Sunny days with clear blue skies are often followed by frosty overnight temperatures.

Once the soil starts to warm up you can direct sow PARSNIPS. Always use fresh seed and try this proven method of getting success with seed germination > How to Achieve Success with Parsnip Germination.

RHUBARB comes into harvest and there are many ways to use it, try Rhubarb Crumble Cake and Rhubarb Cordial.

Sow now for summer scent and try NIGHT SCENTED STOCK.