March gardening jobs: part 1


Hi everyone,

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…

Giant dhalia bloom 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.

Water cacti
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 perennialsDay lilies
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.

Take care,



  1. Nita Khanna March 23, 2009 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    dear Richard
    Please tellme what plants QVC have that would be suitable for a shady place. Part of my garden is shady and is a little damp. What can I plant there? I chose 560 844

  2. Bronwen Jones April 2, 2009 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Richard, Can you tell me if you will be having the sweet tomato plant collection back again this year and if so, would you be able to let me know when they will be available please? (I would hate to miss them!!) I purchased these last year and they were all absolutely wonderful! We had loads of really tasty, juicy tomatoes!

  3. geraldine massey October 2, 2009 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    hi richard just to say that earlier in the year i purchased my winter pansies and brought them on in my green house, i have now planted them out into window boxes and hanging baskets, just wanted to say they are the most beautiful colours and the most divane fragrance. thank you very much, geraldine.

  4. shirley robinson March 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    hi richard just wondering what to do with my large lillies i bought last year . they are just a dead twig at the moment shall i leave them or cut them back? thankyou shirley

  5. Doreen Smith March 20, 2010 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi! Richard I need advice on how to prune a Rose bush that I purchaced at least three years ago. I don’t have product no. but it is called Hot Chocalate. It has grown tall and stragely but has lovely flowers, so do not want to ruin it by cutting it too low, can you advise me please.

  6. Pauline Lawson March 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard can you give me some advise how and when to prune 2 clematic please/ I planted them last year and got some flowers.

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