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Ken Cox's guide to things to do in March in the garden.
Begonias for hanging baskets. These need to be kept indoors till May. They'll flower all summer.
Lillies you can plant them in the garden or in containers. In heavy soil plant with sand or grit at the base.
Dahlias for late summer colour. They are frost tender so plant them deep and mulch them to protect the early shoots.
Gladioli for late summer cutting.
Crocosmia 3 different colours, for hardy long lasting late summer colour.
Roses dont look like much at this time of year but this is a good time to plant them. We have a good range of climbing roses in now and a limited range of other roses. David Austin Roses will be in sometime in March, depending on the weather.
In Scotland pruning roses quite late in winter is advisable so that they don’t sprout too early. Cut out old woody stems and reduce the height of tall straggly stems by 2/3rds. A 1m stem (3ft) should go back to 30cm (1ft) for example. Hybrid T roses can be pruned even harder. In really cold gardens you can leave pruning till April.
2nd Early and maincrop potatoes should be planted this month. Make sure the emerging shoots don’t get frosted by mounding up soil to cover any emerging shoots.
Sow seeds: Sow chillies & peppers in a warm place/propagator. Early salads can be sown now, but make sure you have some protection to keep frost off. Start sowing sweet corn, courgettes and other vegetables indoors and plant them out in May when it is warm enough. This is also the time to sow beetroot, leek, lettuce and summer cabbage.
Some perennials get congested and are best divided up every few years, or maybe yoiu jujst want some extra plants.
Just as you see the first signs of new growth. You can use two forks to prize apart stubborn clumps. With some perenials you can get almost unlimited plants. Ensure that each piece of stem has enough root. Large bits can go straight back in the ground. Small pieces are best potted.
You can divide congested clumps of snowdrops ‘in the green’ as the flowers go over.