With the clocks going forward, March brings the added benefit of more time. Make the most of longer days by getting outside and tackling the more serious jobs on your to-do list; from pests to weed control, work on making your garden healthier this month.
Place the egg cartons in a light, but not sunny, position and not cold. Ideally, they should be placed on a sunless window sill indoors. March presents more issues within the garden so it means garden tasks may be more demanding than usual. However, you will be rewarded with a healthy and beautiful garden by the time you're finished - and that is worth ticking off all of your to-do list for the sheer satisfaction!
Vitax Slug Gone is a multifunctional repellent that wards off slugs while replenishing the soil. It is applied to the soil below the plant to create a irritating, absorbant mat that works as a natural slug repellent. It prevents slugs and snails from reaching the plant, whilst adding nutrients to the soil and locking in moisture.
However, if you want to kill slugs for good, use Doff Slug and Snail Killer, a ready to use bait that kills pests and reduces the damage they've caused.
Want to add onions and shallots to your vegetable patch? When planting onions, make sure you choose a sunny spot with well drained soil. This will improve your chances of avoiding disease in your crops. Apply a little fertiliser, approx. 35g per sq. metre or 1oz per sq yard. Ideally, Growmore or, if required, organic dried poultry manure, at double the application rate. When planting onion sets, plant 5 – 10cm (2 – 4inches) apart and space the rows 25 – 30 cms (10 – 12 inches and plant approximately 2 cm (3/4”) deep, with the growing tips pointing up.
Shallots can be planted in the same way, but 15 – 20 cm (6 – 8”) apart and in rows 30 – 45 cm (1 ft – 18”) apart, with only the growing tips showing. If we encounter long spells of dry weather this month, water these vegetables every 14 days, but avoid watering after midsummer as this affects the storing quality.
Fancy growing potatoes? The best potatoes to grow are first earlies. These will be ready to crop during the summer months. Buy your seed potato tubers from a garden centre, approximately 6 weeks before you want to plant them, during early April.
When you have your tubers, you need to “chit” them. This means allowing them to sprout before planting. We recommend standing them in egg cartons with the eye of the potato pointing upwards (usually at the end of the potato)
When the time comes to plant, add homemade compost or farmyard manure to the soil just prior to planting. Plant 12”/30 cm per tuber and 30”/75cm between rows and to a depth of 4 – 6”/10 -15cm and cover. In dry periods, water the potatoes heavily, every 10 days. This allows the water to go down deep.
To keep your vegetables growing strong and flavourful, we recommend using Westland Fish, Blood and Bone which contains the necessary nutrients to improve soil fertility and strong rooting. The formulation also works to improve crop yield.
If you would prefer to use a product that suits both indoor and outdoor environments, Doff Liquid Growmore is a fast-acting liquid plant food with micro-nutrients for the strong, healthy growth of flowers, fruit and vegetables in both gardens and greenhouses.
Place the egg cartons in a light, but not sunny, position and not cold. Ideally, they should be placed on a sunless window sill indoors.
March presents more issues within the garden so it means garden tasks may be more demanding than usual. However, you will be rewarded with a healthy and beautiful garden by the time you're finished - and that is worth ticking off all of your to-do list for the sheer satisfaction!