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Jobs to do in March

Start sowing

Top tips

Get planting your bare-root fruit trees, containers and cold-stored strawberry runners. It's a key time for strawberries - planting, sowing seeds of alpine varieties or even pollinating strawberry flowers under glass.

Potting on

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Sowing and planting

Fruit

Vegetables

  • Plant onions, shallots and garlic sets.

  • Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers.

  • Chit early and maincrop potatoes.

  • Plant asparagus crowns.

  • Sow seed outdoors in mild areas with light soil, eg: broad beans, carrots, parsnips, beetroot, onions, lettuces, radish, peas, spinach, summer cabbage, salad leaves, leeks, Swiss chard, kohl rabi, turnip and summer cauliflower. Be guided by the weather, and sow only if conditions are suitable.

  • Sow seed indoors of sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery, salads and globe artichokes.

Pruning and training

Fruit

Problems

General care

Fruit

Vegetables

  • Cultivate and prepare seedbeds, covering them with clear polythene or fleece to warm up the soil before sowing.

  • Protect early outdoor sowings with fleece and polythene.

  • Feed crops that have been standing all winter.

  • Continue to force chicory.

  • Put supports in place for peas.

  • Start preparing runner bean supports and trenches for sowing (in May) or planting out (in June).

  • Prepare celery trenches.

  • Try to avoid digging in wet weather, but if gardening on wet soil, work from a plank of wood, to avoid treading on the bed and compacting the soil.

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