We are more than halfway through March and the Spring flowering bulbs are in full swing, most snowdrops have finished and the Crocus are almost over. Daffodils are in full bloom and the Tulips are not far behind. So with the Covid 19 outbreak also in full swing and many of us are sitting at home wondering what to do, why not get outside and get some well needed fresh air into your lungs. So here are a few things to be getting on with.
Pick up all the debris from the Winter, Bits of tree branch, small sticks, leaves and any other debris that is unwanted. Most councils have started the green collections now, so get filling.
Turn the soil, after the winter of very wet weather the soil is flat and has a crust on the top, turn it over to allow air into it and it also looks much better.
If you have a Buddleia you can now cut it back. Usually the rule is once you cut it will flower around 3 months afterwards, Of course you can run cut back as late as April, to get a later flowering. the butterflies might thank you for that.
If you live in an area that has been relatively dry over the last week, you can cut the lawn, remember if it the first cut, to set the mower on the highest setting, on the second cut you can go back to your normal setting, this just gives the grass the chance to start growing evenly.
Sow some seeds, now is the time to start sowing seeds under cover, if you have a greenhouse, great you can use that, otherwise you can grow seeds on a kitchen window sill or any other place that has even light. Many of you might be tempted to go and buy some bedding plants, but please don't, there are still frosts overnight and unless you can protect them from the cold nights, they will die due to their tenderness. It will be at least another 6 weeks or so before considering planting summer bedding.
I think that will be enough for even the most avid gardener to be getting on with. Come back next week for more things to do in the garden, any questions then please just ask.
My name is Jonathan and I enjoy working in my garden in my spare time. I am no professional, just an amateur. My second love is photography, shooting the flowers in my garden and of course sharing them with people who share my passions.