With any luck you've had a chance to get out in the garden these last few weeks? As the sun re-awakens your enthusiasm, take a look at the second part of my gardening jobs for March.
Wake up those over-wintering fuchsias. Re-pot with fresh compost, cut them back and water them well. As soon as the new shoots are big enough – normally in three or four weeks – you can use some of them for cuttings.
Check pansies, tulips and rose shoots for early attacks of greenfly or blackfly. Squash the blighters if possible, or spray with an insecticide.
Give new life to overgrown perennials
Get more from overgrown clumps of hardy geraniums, hostas, sedums and daylilies. Dig them up, chop them into smaller sections and re-plant the best bits in soil enriched with compost.
Plant your spuds
In milder areas, plant out sprouted tubers of Foremost, Lady Christl and other varieties that crop extra early. A few weeks later, when the shoots appear above the ground, mound some earth over them to protect them from frost.
Planning a new lawn this spring? Prepare the ground now by spraying with weedkiller to remove any perennial weeds. Wait three weeks for the weedkiller to work, then dig over the soil, remove any stones and level it. Finally, sprinkle on some fertilizer before seeding or turfing.
Finish spring pruning your roses, then mulch with compost, bark or well rotted manure. For an extra boost, feed with rose fertilizer.
Hope you find these handy,