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Seasonal jobs for March

The Spring equinox on 20th March ushers in longer daylight hours and more opportunities for pottering in the garden.

  • Digging continues apace; perennial weeds will need to be dug out. A sharp hoe can be put to good use decapitating the first flush of annual weeds.

  • Potatoes should be chitting: the traditional day for planting is Good Friday which falls on 7th April this year.

  • Rhubarb can be forced under a bucket to yield an early (and tender) crop.

  • Autumn raspberries should be cut down to the ground and the fruited canes on summer raspberries should be pruned out.

  • Aubergines, tomatoes, chillies and peppers can be sown in heat or under glass.

  • Bare root asparagus and strawberries can be planted as can onion and shallot sets.

  • Beetroot, parsnips and chard can be sown on open ground if conditions allow.

  • Annuals such as cornflowers, zinnias and cosmos can be sown under cover for transplanting.

  • Dahlia tubers should be potted up and kept under cover until the frosts have left us later in the year. Dahlias for cuttings should be in a frost-free environment and will be starting back into growth.


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