It's fair to say that the weather at this time of the year can be a bit hit or miss - this week has been no exception. So it's good to have gardening tasks that can still be done whatever the weather!
- With longer days and better light, your indoor plants should be putting on new growth. You should knock older plants out their pots to see if the root zone is getting crowded. If crowded, re-pot them into a pot one or two sizes bigger using peat-free potting compost.
Devil's Ivy growing on a moss pole
Sweet pea seedlings in deep Rootrainers on a windowsill
Many shrubs flower better if pruned hard now. Buddleia, Ceratostigma, Caryopteris, Perovskia, Fuchsias and Lavatera respond well.
Hard pruning a Buddleja bush
I love lush, large and colourful foliage! Hard pruned now some shrubs really respond! Sambucus Black Lace, Paulownia, Catalpa, Cotinus and Melianthus work well for me. I give them some general feed now too.
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Cotinus x dummeri 'Grace' that has been hard pruned
Itching to get growing? Well, lots of vegetable plants can be sown on a warm windowsill now. Try early cabbage 'Hispi', 'Little Gem' lettuce, stump rooted carrots, summer cauliflower and spinach.
Get growing this month
Maintenance and construction
- Before the usual spring rush, paint fences and sheds and get other general maintenance jobs done. If fences have plants trained on them, make sure that the paint you use is plant-safe.
Paint your shed and fences before the spring rush is on us
Strip down your secateurs and loppers to refurbish them. Clean off sap and rust with wire wool. Oil the joints and sharpen the blades with a whetstone. Re-assemble and adjust so that they cut cleanly and you're ready to go!
Construct a simple cold frame. This could be with up-cycled materials. Cold frames are great to get early crops going, harden off seedlings and cuttings and for growing summer crops.
Simple cloche made from recycled materials
- Trim lawn edges with a sharp edging iron. Insert plastic or metal edging strips as support. It's surprising how much neat lawn edges improve the look of a garden!