This week, it's time to focus on soft fruits and tasty asparagus. March is also a great time for early sowing in the veg patch and transplanting evergreens.
Hardy plant season is upon us once again, so let's get planting!
- Cover established strawberry runners with fleece covered tunnels or low polytunnels. Lift the sides slightly on warm days to let the bees in to pollinate the flowers.
If you plant your strawberries now, you'll get a moderate crop this summer and a good harvest next year.
- If you have pears previously attacked by pear midge you should spray now. Use Bug Clear but spray before the flowers open!
- Earth up your asparagus beds. If you have access to seaweed from a beach - and permission to collect it - asparagus, love this as a mulch.
The first shoots should appear imminently.
Potato shoots might need frost protection
Planting and transplanting
- There is still time for you to transplant evergreen shrubs. Try not to disturb the roots too much and keep as much soil as possible attached to the roots. Trim the tops back a little to help your evergreens get established.
Be sure to water evergreen shrubs thoroughly and regularly throughout this year.
- Divide large clumps of Hosta plants up and replant them in a group to create even more impressive groups.
Hosta Fire and Ice
- Plant out ornamental grasses and hardy ferns. Mix them in with your perennials and shrubs to add variety to the display.
Dryopteris erythrosora fern