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The Vegetable Garden in March


The soil should be beginning to warm up, a sure sign of this is the emergence of annual and perennial weeds.

Do not be tempted to sow / plant out too early.

Plants sown / planted later have a way of catching up with those that were sown / planted earlier, this can be generally put down to soil temperatures, rather than ambient temperatures!

Plants sown / planted in cold soils are generally held in check (stop growing) assuming the don't die off first!

Note: As with most advice on gardening the advisors location will often influence the content of the advice.

To alleviate this problem I have produced this chart indicating how you can make adjustments to the timing of events as seen in this website.

I hope you find this useful! .......Tg

Week 9 - 26th Feb. to 4th Mar.

Set up cloches to warm the soil for early sowings.

Check over previously dug beds and remove any emerging weeds that were missed at the digging stage.

Week 10 - 5th Mar. to 11th AMar

Make a sowing of Radishes under a cloche in a coldframe.

Week 11 - 12th Mar. to 18th Mar.

Thin out Fennel to leave strongest seedling.

Week 12 - 19th Mar. to 25th Mar.

Remove discoloured leaves from Broccoli, Spring cabbage and Spring cauliflower and hoe around the plants.

Give Broccoli, Spring cabbage, Spring cauliflower, Garlic, and Japanese Onions a high nitrogen feed.

Prepare bed for Peas if not done previously.

Week 13 - 26th Mar. to 1st Apr.

Prepare ground for Potatoes if conditions are suitable.