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Rooko's March Top 10 Tryouts & Tips

1. Refresh your houseplants by removing some of their soil and replacing it with some new potting soil.

2. A great variety of plant seeds can be sown this month, both indoors and out. If you are unsure when and how to sow certain seeds check through any seed catalogs you may have, many will tell you when and how to sow seeds.

3. Keep some of your watering cans filled and in a sheltered place. When its time to water delicate seedlings the water being used should be a few degrees warmer, than water straight from the tap. This will help to stop seedlings being "shocked".

4. In my neck of the woods many birds are already looking for nesting sites. If you have built or purchased bird boxes over the Winter months, now is the time to put them outside.

5. Many gardeners will already have sown Tomato seeds somewhere warm. When planting out allow at least 3 feet (92cm) between plants. Remove some of the lower leaves and plant deeply. Add some sturdy stakes immediately after planting.

6. The dreaded job of weeding, if you have weeds appearing in your beds/borders now is the time to remove them (by their roots if possible), before they set seeds, giving you more work later.

7. Prune evergreen shrubs before their growth begins.

8. When your Daffodil flowers begin to fade, dead head them before they set seeds. This will save energy for the bulb hopefully adding it to the next display of flowers.

9. Mulch around trees and shrubs this month. Water in the mulch after adding it, to allow some of the nutrients to wash down to the roots more quickly.

1. Any remaining leeks should be lifted now. Pull any remaining parsnips.
2. Plant onions and shallots in mild areas.
3. In mid-March plant out early potatoes.
4. Others to sow this month: Beetroot, Broad beans, Early Carrots (under cloches), Early Peas, Brussels Sprouts (earlies), Kohl-Rabi, Leeks, Lettuce, Peas, Radish,Parsnips, Turnips.
5. Outdoor cucumber & Tomatoes can be sown now and kept in a greenhouse or propagator.
6. Plant fruit bushes/canes. Plant Summer Cabbages, Cauliflower (under cloches).
1. Prune Apple and Pear trees early in the month.
2. Spread compost around the base of fruit trees/ bushes/canes.
3. Use cloches or fleece to warm up the ground prior to planting later.


  1. Why would anyone want to consult the seed catalogues for sowing / planting advice when they can come to "Don't Lose The Plot"?!

    1. Thanks Mark. Perhaps many "newbie" gardeners who don't have a computer and can only view the w.w.w. via a friends computer or internet cafe. I know that when I first started gardening many different books had to be learned from.


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