Spring is definitely on its way and every week sees something new in the garden. Here are some of my gardening jobs to crack on with during the first part of March…
Start your dahlias
Bring your dahlia tubers into growth. Place them in trays of multipurpose compost, water well and keep warm. If you need a few more plants, take cuttings from the first shoots once they're 8cm – 10cm (3" – 4") high.
Sow your vegetables
Sow tomato and peppers seeds in gentle warmth indoors. If the weather is mild, then outdoors you can sow broad beans, beetroot, carrots, shallots and onions.
It's time to wake cacti and succulents from their winter slumber. Water them every fortnight from now until the end of April. From May to August, water them once a week. Give them an extra boost with an occasional feed of Westland Feed All.
Cut the lawn
Give your lawn the first cut of the season now it's got warmer and the grass has begun to grow. Do it on a dry day and set the blades high so you only give it a light trim.
Care for hardy perennials
Make more of your hardy perennials like hostas, day lilies, peonies and sedum (ice plants). Dig up any overgrown clumps, divide them into smaller sections and replant in fresh soil.
Give houseplants some TLC
Check over your houseplants as they begin to re-grow. Remove any dead leaves, spray for any pests and repot any plants that are pot-bound.
Plant summer-flowering bulbs
Plant gladioli and other summer flowering bulbs in sunny spots in well-drained soil.
Look out for more of my March gardening jobs next week.