March gardening jobs: part 2


Fuchsias Hello!

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.

Re-awaken fuchsias
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.

Pest alert
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 spudsLady Christl potatoes
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.

Lawn work
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.

Rose care
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,

Take care,



  1. Mrs Joan Aspin May 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard can you please help me i grow vegetables in my garden and have trouble with clubroot on my cabbage. in the past ihave used the compound but i cannot find it anywhere can you please advise me on what i can use in its place.
    Mrs. J Aspin

  2. Lorraine Nolan July 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Richard, i have apple, pears, plum and cherry trees in my garden, but i am not producing much fruit. can you tell me how and when to prune? i have bouth a few books on the subject but i find the diagrams a bit hard to follow at times.
    L Nolan

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