The Garden in March

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Although I’ve been out in the garden a fair bit in February, it feels like we’ve hit March and we’re still on the cusp of spring officially arriving. I shared my big plans for the garden this year in last month’s post, but most of my progress in February has been maintenance and preparation for the coming season, rather than having the joy of anything really blooming yet or seeing any huge accomplishments.

But all around the garden are the signs of the promise of new blooms – the hydrangeas are looking good, and the long border is looking promising with the lupins just starting to take off now. And in the Mediterranean border, the grasses have all been cut back and the Allium Purple Sensation which I planted last year are looking like they’ll be early bloomers again – they’re all looking very healthy!

Garden in March

Garden in March

Garden in March

Raised bed progress

Unfortunately the company I ordered the bits from to make our raised beds had a delay and the order won’t arrive until this week. Which isn’t really the end of the world, as the two remaining shrub roots that sat in the space I’m using for this proved rather stubborn and took a lot of hard work to uproot. We finally got the last one up last weekend, and now the ground is ready for levelling and then the raised bed can go in!

On the plus side, my onion and leek seedlings are doing really well indoors. I planted them up in seed trays, and being my first attempt at growing anything from seed, I didn’t expect much (if anything) from this, but they’ve sprouted up fantastically and I’m really excited to pot them on (we don’t have much space to grow seeds, so these are just positioned next to our sink in the kitchen – hence the rather poor photo! But I’m just so excited they’re growing!).

Garden in March

I’ve also bought a strawberry and a blueberry plant (£2 in Tesco – you can’t go wrong!) – so I’m hoping that we’ll be able to enjoy some lovely fruits this summer (if the birds don’t get to them first!)

Garden in March

Planting plans

I’ve been making a planting plan for the back border, which is where I’m planning on situating these poppies that I picked up in Waitrose – they look a beautiful colour, don’t they? I’m struggling a bit with anything I plant in this particular corner, as we have a local fox who uses the fence as a cut through (it’s our neighbours rather than ours, so we can’t really do much about this). He likes to dig though – he and I fight an ongoing battle! I love oriental poppies, and they’ll sit amongst grasses (Calamagrostis Brachytricha), Sea Holly, and Eryngium, and also an established peony that I can’t bear to risk moving.
Garden in March

I’m looking forward to the rest of March when more and more things start to bloom and I can spend more and more time in the garden.

Jobs for March

  • Treat the soil – work in compost or well rotted manure into your soil to ensure it has plenty of nutrients for the growing season
  • Now is the time when weeds will start popping up – get to them early to stop them taking hold
  • Roses need to be pruned and to fed with rose feed or other fertiliser
  • It’s the start of slug season. Keep an eye out for them, especially around new shoots, or plants like hostas and lupins that slugs seem to love, and use whatever slug deterrent is your preference. This year I’m thinking of trying nematodes and seeing how effective they are
  • It’s time to dead-head hydrangeas ready for this year’s growth
  • If you’ve loved the sight of snowdrops this year, then now is the time to plant them for next year

 

What’s looking good in your garden in March? Do you have any exciting plans for your garden this year? I’d love to hear!

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  • Dot Makes 4

    I’ve finally got into gardening after having a garden for 3 years! I love these tips 🙂
    Laura xx
    #BloggerClubUK

    • Ah, that’s so nice to hear Laura – I just got into gardening when we moved into our current house 2 years ago. Our previous house had no garden, just decking, so I’ve loved getting my hands dirty! Hope your garden grows well this year!

  • Your plans sound amazing. I had hoped to start in our garden this week but the weather is against us. We grew strawberries last year and they were a resounding success, hopefully yours will thrive too #homeetc

    • I know – it’s ironic that I posted this on a day when you’d have to be crazy to have been out in the garden! Fingers crossed for the strawberries – they’re my favourite fruit! Must get some netting though as we have so many birds around.

  • Corinne C

    Your garden is adorable. I’m so jealous, I don’t have a garden at all!

    Corinne x
    http://www.skinnedcartree.com

    • Thanks Corinne – I’m excited to see it develop this year! I’ve been limited to container gardening for ages until now, it’s lovely to be able to get stuck in!

  • Oh blooming slugs are the bane of my life, we used to get pet friendly pellets but couldn’t find them last year. And lupins, I can never grow them, they get eaten by green fly and I don know how to stop them? Shame because I just love them. I also love poppies and have sewn loads but they only come up certain years. I cant wait till ill all starts flowering, I love my garden in the summer, and cant wait to see your develop Katy x

    • Thanks Sarah – I think I got lucky with my lupins last year – they just absolutely thrived! I had one still going in November! Craziness. The slugs do absolutely love them though – I tend to go on a slug hunt in the evenings and try to capture as many as I can. Definitely don’t want to use pellets give I have a toddler running around now, so I’m keen on the Nematodes idea – would be fine for pets too.

  • Such a lovely garden – it does seem as though spring is JUST around the corner!

  • Little Steps

    Your garden is looking lovely already. Ours still looks dead, but I’m excited for spring too! Hopefully ours will be looking as lovely as yours 🙂 x

    • Thanks Dean – I’ve been a bit selective with my photos! There are definitely parts of mine that are looking pretty bare 🙂

  • Lizzie Woodman

    Your garden looks great already and it will look wonderful very soon! I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been out in my garden much lately, but I have noticed my Aliums coming up and also my Aquilegia We planted a big shady section of our garden with a wildflower and woodland grass seed last spring so it’ll be interesting to see what it’ll do this year. #HomeEtc

    • Thanks Lizzie – I’m glad someone else’s Alliums are also popping up already – I walked around RHS Wisley the other day and there were no sign of any so I got slightly concerned mine were coming so soon! That sounds a lovely shady spot – I need to get a bit more creative with our shady areas I think.

      • Lizzie Woodman

        I guess they may be a little earlier than usual after the mild Christmas, but I seem to remember they were fairly early last year too!

        • Mine were definitely early last year! As long as they flower I’m not going to complain 🙂 (some of mine clearly needed dividing last year, so a bit concerned about those flowering)

  • [email protected]

    I wish there was an easier way of tackling weeds! I had no idea snowdrops needed planting right now. Thanks for sharing these tips.

    • Me too!! I mulched most of the garden in the autumn which has helped prevent them in a lot of areas – really regretting not making the effort to do everywhere now though!

  • I’m really excited to see progress in your garden, mainly because mine is so woefully neglected and I’m going to live vicariously through you. Well done in getting some of the prep done already, I’ve been too busy hibernating!! X #HomeEtc

    • I think the prep is definitely the most boring part – I’m looking forward to sharing some more exciting things soon I hope!

  • Natalie Ray

    Ah this is lovely. I haven’t had time to do anything with my garden recently, I just adore gardening and can’t wait to be in a position to take it up again. I love that photo of your daffodils. I also like the fact that you still have the dead heads on your hydrangeas, mine are still there too, I need to get around to cutting them back.x

    • Ah, I think the dead hydrangea heads are so pretty! I always leave them 🙂 I love gardening too – it’s so therapeutic – outdoorsy, creative, and requires lots of patience!

  • I really wish I had green fingers, I can’t wait to see what your garden is going to look like in the spring/summer, it sounds like it’s going to be amazing #BloggerClubUK

    • I used to have the worst gardening record ever – I lost track of all the plants I killed 🙂 But since getting into it now I can see all the mistakes I made and now I research how to care for a plant before buying it and just bunging it in! Fingers crossed for this year 🙂

  • Aw its that time of year where Spring is beginning to pop its head around the corner. Isn’t gardening so much fun ? I find it so relaxing x The progress in your garden is going well.

    • I love it – definitely one of the most relaxing activities – it’s outdoors, it’s slow, and you always feel like you’ve accomplished something, even if you’re just weeding.

  • Cliona Kelliher

    Really enjoy reading about gardening, it always makes me want to run out and do stuff 🙂 My garden is pretty waterlogged at the moment unfortunately but I did manage to get some pruning and general tidying done. I must actually go and get some manure and do a good mulch.

    • Me too – I get so much inspiration from other people’s posts! I mulched most of the garden in the autumn – really wishing I’d done it all as the bits where I didn’t do are definitely requiring weeding! Good luck!

  • What a great round up of jobs, we need to start to tackle ours soon as well. Good luck with the strawberries and blueberries xx

  • Newcastle Family Life

    I really need to make more of an effort with gardening as mine is just a patch of grass xx

    • Sometimes that’s more practical when you have kids though – I keep having to make sure Max doesn’t trample all my flower beds!

  • I always find resisting the urge to dead head the hydrangeas difficult, don’t you? Oooh those poppies look nice, love the petal colour. Homegrown blueberries are the best – I grew some for the first time this year and haven’t bought many from the supermarket since because I know they won’t be as tasty 🙂

    • There’s something about deadheading the hydrangeas that signifies the start of spring, isn’t there? I’ve been holding off given the prospect of snow today (which hasn’t happened) but think I might go for it this weekend! Oh, that’s lovely to hear that homegrown blueberries are tasty – I do like them sweet!

  • I lost my blueberry bushes a couple of years ago, thanks to overzealous hens getting into the area. I’ll have to pop in to Tesco’s for some cheaper replacements. For the bushes, not the hens, although…
    You seem to have some exciting plans for your garden. Looking forward to seeing how it grows. #hdygg

    • Oh no! Luckily I don’t think we have any local hens, so ours should be safe. We do have lots of birds though, and a fair few squirrels (I’ve lost some bulbs to them this year). I’m quite impressed with the Tesco offering – so cheap compared to a garden centre and I’ve potted it up and it’s looking pretty healthy already.

  • Caro Davies

    I keep meaning to do exactly this — and chart what’s happening in our garden — but each month gets busier and busier and I always run out of time. This time of year sees our garden looking very sorry for itself but I know that by next month it will start to transform 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with us Katy — much appreciated x #HomeEtc

    • Thanks Caro – I’m hoping the photos will get a bit more exciting as the months go on! I’m planning so many changes that I really want to track progress and see what I’ve accomplished – this is a nice way to do it!

  • Esther Mukoro

    Honestly, I haven’t done much gardening these past few weeks. Your garden is so beautiful and has really inspired me to take more action. Well done.

    • Thanks Esther – to be fair, it’s been pretty cold out there so I don’t blame you! I’m hoping the weather warms up a bit from now on.

  • Annie Spratt

    Ooo those oriental poppies! I’m going to have to get to Waitrose! I spotted those £2 fruit plants in Tesco whilst in a rush and I’m kicking myself for not grabbing them when I could as I just know they’ll be gone next week when I go back in.
    The slug patrol has already begun here, the little ‘darlings’ have been at my hellebores! Grrr. Loving how organised you are Katy 🙂

    Thanks for joining in!

    • I’m so pleased with the poppies – I hope they end up that colour, I’ll be disappointed if not! I’ve had mixed experiences before. I did the same with the blueberry plant – I popped back a week later and they still had loads, so you’ll probably be ok if you still fancy one. Eeek at the slugs being out already! I’ve not seen any in our garden (yet) but I’d best get prepared with some slug defences pretty soon it sounds like!

      Thanks for hosting Annie – I was suggested your linky a few weeks back and it’s such a lovely collection of posts. Lovely to join for the first time!

  • Elizabeth – Simply Blossoms

    Gosh what amazing looking leeks and onions. You’re way ahead of me there – I’m planting my seeds this week. I’d love to know how you get on with your slug defence – I’d not heard of that before? I’m trying washed, dried and crushed egg shells. The oriental poppies look delightful too. #HDYGG

    • Thanks Elizabeth. I’ve heard eggshells can be pretty effective – I’m thinking of trying those as well, it can’t hurt! The Nematodes sound great, but are really expensive, so I’m intrigued as well! Will definitely update here on how I found them.

  • Looks like you’ve made great progress and have a great plan for March. I’ve only just bought my seeds – which is a bit of a tactic on my part or otherwise I’m itching to sow them and then it’s a bit too early for my north facing garden – but I’ve lots of sowing to do right now. And seeds – they’re amazing aren’t they? You never think it’s going to work,but mostly it does! #homeetc

    • I think I might need to adopt that tactic in future given our lack of space indoors! But in all honesty I didn’t expect anything to come up! I bought a load of onion bulbs as a backup, so now I’m going to have way too many onions!

  • Wow, your garden is looking lovely. Love this time of year when the whole garden starts to awaken after the winter

  • mummyofboygirltwins

    It is looking great – such good progress! We literally have just lawn in our new home at the moment am looking forward to planting too 🙂 Thanks for linking up – much appreciated 🙂 Jess xx

    #HomeEtc

    • Thanks Jess – you’ve managed to get the one thing done that we haven’t though, our lawn is awful but it’s been too wet to cut! I love planting everything up – it’s by far the most exciting part of gardening!

  • I too have a long list of things to do but it is either too cold or too wet most of the time – come on spring – we need you to send winter packing! #HDYGG

  • Kerry

    I think I need you to come round and sort my garden out for me. Green fingered I am not! Love the gaffs xx

  • Kerry

    *daffs

  • lilmuselily

    inspiring. nothing is going on in our garden. yet 🙂 Claudia

  • chickenruby

    the daffodils look lovely