Gardener`s Monthly Corner
Month by Month Checklist
March is known to be windy........remember the old rhyme about March winds and April showers! and a sharp frost can still catch you out. In March days become longer, the ground is warming up and the weeds are starting to grow! the month of March is definitely all go but by keeping on top of it all in early spring, the rest of the gardening year runs like clockwork......Happy Gardening
General Garden Tasks
Spring clean the garden- fork over the soil in borders, weed and mulch.
Remove weeds and moss on paths and drives.
Deal with wormcasts and molehills.
Make the first cut of the lawns if it is dry enough.
Lay any new turf by the end of the month if you didn`t in Autumn.
Plant pot grown shrubs, trees and climbers.
Prune modern bush roses, vigorous climbing roses, coloured stemed
dogwoods and willow.
Tidy up patio roses and species roses grown for their hips.
Move deciduous trees and shrubs and plant new bare-root plants
before they start into growth.
Renovate overgrown climbers.
Tidy up the rock garden, alpine screes and sink gardens, top up stone chippings and fill any gaps with new rock plants.
Divide snowdrops `in the green`.
Freshen up pots containing winter bedding.
Prepare soil, then sow lettuce, rocket, radishes, spring onions, leeks, onions, broad beans, parsnips, spinach, turnips and early varieties of carrots and peas.
Plant early potatoes frown in pots undercover; plant outdoors at the end of the month.
Prepare an asparagus bed for planting next month.
Spring clean the fruit garden, weeding and mulching everywhere.
Plant rhubarb, pot-grown fruit trees and bushes and strawberry plants.
Water pot grown fruit.
Clean the greenhouse.
Sow tomatoes, chillies, sweet-peppers, aubergines.
Pot up plug plants and young plants as soon as possible after delivery.
Star dormant begonias and dahlia tubers by potting them and keeping in a frost-free greenhouse.
Plant early crops of summer cauliflowers and summer cabbages in pots.
Water and hand-pollinate strawberry plants.
Clear netting from ponds in time to stop emerging marginal plants becoming entangled but be mindful of herons!.
Feed fish if weather is warm and fish are active.
Watch out for
Slugs, snails, woodlice and greenfly under glass.
On cold nights cover vulnerable plants with horticultural fleece.
Plants in their Prime
Erica, Daphne, Spirea, Viburnum, Garrya, Mahonia, Skimmia, Clematis `Freckles` Forsythia, Jasmine, Malus, Bergenia, Hellebores, Primula, Viola, Iris retiuclata, Primroses, winter flowering pansies, Anemone blanda, Arabis, Saxifraga, Tulips.
As if to prove that spring is really here, the blossom is out in force in April with everything from flowering cherries to garden fruit trees contributing to the show. On those perfect early spring days, when the air is clear, the sun is shinning, and the blackbird is trilling away in the tree tops, get out in the garden and enjoy it.........Happy Gardening
General garden tasks
Spring clean borders, keep on top of weeding and hoeing.
Feed roses, borders, hedges, trees, shrubs and spring bulbs with general-purpose feeder.
Treat moss and weeds and re-seed barre patches.
Sow grass seed to make a new lawn if you cannot wait until autumn.
Mow lawns once a fortnight or once a week in really mild weather.
Feed acid-loving plants.
Prune winter jasmine and hydrangea, and tie in shoots of climbing or rambling roses, wall trained shrubs and newly planted climbers.
Tidy up hedges and clip if necessary, although this would usually be next month.
Wait for six weeks after flowers of spring bulbs are over before cutting the foliage down.
Towards the end of the month plant dormant dahlia tubers outside.
Plant new alpines and top up scree bed with gravel and grit.
Continue to sow hardy annuals outside.
Remove insulation from borderline-hardy plants.
Plant spring bedding and summer bulbs in pots.
Plant alpine troughs.
Sow broad beans, summer cabbage, Brussel sprouts, early peas, summer/autumn cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, leeks, beetroot, radish, spring onions, lettuce, rocket, turnips, parsnips, swiss chard, chicory, carrots and onions.
Plant first early, second early and maincrop potatoes.
Earth up shoots of early potatoes to protect them from frost.
Look after your veg - water and hoe regularly, thin out and transplant seedlings.
Give support to peas and beans sown earlier.
Watch out for flea beetle, particularly on rocket, turnips, radishes and some brassicas.
Harvest the first overwintered spring onions, and the last of the sprouting broccoli and swiss chard.
Sow hardy herbs.
Plant and tie in a new grapevine and figs.
Check and harvest forced rhubarb.
Feed blackcurrents, blackberries and hybrid berries.
Prune stone fruit trees if necessary.
Ventilate the greenhouse on sunny days but shut it down mid-afternoon to retain the heat at night.
Towards the end of the month, start standing bedding plants and frost tender vegetables outside on fine days to harden them off gradually.
Prick out seedlings and pot up any cutting taken last year.
Repot any permanent greenhouse pot plants that need it.
Take stem-tip cuttings from pot-grown hydrangeas and leaf cuttings from Cape primroses.
Tie in vine rods.
Thin out vegetable and salad seedlings.
Spring clean the pond.
Divide overgrown plants and put in new water plants.
Towards the end of the month, start feeding your fish.
Watch out for
Slugs and snails on newly emerged perennials.
Flea beetle on vegetables.
Plant in their Prime
Corylopsis, Forsythia, Magnolia, Ribes, Spirea, Camellia, Mahonia, Clematis varieties, Darmera, Epimedium, Helleborus foetidus, Polygonatum, Gold-lace polyanthus, Viola, Erythronium, Tulips, Muscari, Arabis, Aubrieta, Narcissus, Pulsatilla, Saxifraga.
May is the end of spring and the start of summer depending on how you look at it. May is, for me, one of the most exciting months in the garden, because you can see new flowers opening every time you step outdoors. Longer evenings and warmer weather, the best of the year is yet to come......Happy Gardening.
General garden Tasks
From the middle of the month onwards plant bedding plants, pot-grown dahlias & sweet peas
Keep on top of weeding and hoeing
Feed established lawns if not done so in April
Mow lawns weekly
Prune forsythia & flowering current after flowering
Tie in new growth on climbers and wall shrubs
In mild climates move tender conservatory shrubs in pots outside
Clip beech, hornbeam, box and Leyland cypress hedges late this month or early next
Divide clumps of primroses after flowering
Sow seeds of perennials
Cut back alyssum, arabis & aubritea after flowering
Continue dead-heading & feeding spring flowering bulbs
Plant & train sweet peas
Plant tubs, troughs, window boxes & hanging baskets in the middle of this month at the ealiest
Water the vegetable patch regularly in dry weather
Sow swede, beetroot, maincrop carrots, autumn cabbage, peas, swiss chard, radish, lettuce & spring onion, calabrese, & cauliflowers
Direct- sow frost-tender vegetables, e.g. French & runner beans, sweetcorn, courgettes, squashes & pumpkins
Plant out leeks
Continue earthing up potatoes
Harvest asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rocket & over wintered onions
Water soft fruit bushes with swelling fruit & newly planted fruit trees.
Protect strawberries from grey mould & birds
Ventilate the greenhouse well by day, & water plants more frequently
Apply shading paint to greenhouse
Damp down regularly
Continue to prick out & pot on seedlings, cuttings & young plants
Continue hardening off bedding plants & frost tender vegetables by standing them outside on fine days, but return to the greenhouse at night
Plant tomatoes in early May & sweet pepper, chillies, aubergines, melons & cucumbers in late May
Water, feed, trim & train new plants regularly
Harvest baby potatoes
Add new floating plants to ponds
Divide over-grown waterlilies or put new waterlilies in the pond
Remove unwelcome weeds
Introduce new fish to the water garden & continue to feed fish
Watch out for
Pests in containers, in greenhouses, in the garden & in conservatories
Plants in their Prime
Berberis, Contoneaster, Kerria japonica, Magnolia, Potentilla, Ribes, Sambuscus, Spirea, Viburnum, Camillia, Ceanothus, nChoisya, Cistus, Clematis varieties, Ajuga, Brunnera, Eremurus, Dwarf bearded iris, Paeonia, Papaver, Polygonatum, Trollius, Dicentra, camassia, Tulips, Alliums, Pulsatill, Viola.
Watch out for
Plants in their prime
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