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Garden Care for March

I’m gonna assume your garden is just as neglected if not more than mine. Why? It makes me feel better. Or better yet, let’s just say you’re starting your garden care from scratch. 

Either way, I’m here to support you and your beginning ways! 

So let’s start. 

 

In this post, we will list the garden care tips for March. Get ready for Spring! 

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Garden Care Tips

  • Check the beds

Check if the wood is healthy or needs to be replaced. Also, check if you need weather prevention materials such as bushes or pony walls that are stable to hold up against strong winds. 

Where I live it gets pretty windy, I’ve been using reclaimed wood to build a mini structure to help protect my plants and bushes also for protection but to make it all aesthetically pleasant to look at. 

I started to check my beds and whatever else I needed in January when I began my spring prep, but that was just my jump start. I think it is very smart to get a plan and figure out what supplies you need, what plan you want to create and execute, etc. 

Need help? I’ve got a beginner’s guide to planning a garden right here! 

  • Fertilize your beds. 

 

You can use fertilizer, manure, or your own compost. 

Creating compost is much easier than you think. Grass clippings from mowing your lawn can be used to create your compost. Just sprinkle the clippings all around your garden beds. 

 

Once you are ready to work your soil, dig 5+ cm adding a layer of compost, for fertilizer or well-rotted manure (if you’re brave, I’m not but hey I’m a newbie).

Work the layer into the soil preparing the growing season ahead. Also, turning the soil or aerating the soil helps to create a healthier foundation. 

 

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  • Trim and clean up

If you have any garden plants, vines/climbers, or anything that may need support or has gotten out of control now is the time for you to provide support and or give them a haircut. 

 

You’ll also want to remove anything that didn’t make it through the winter.  The best suggestion I have for climbers is to have a plan and think about how you want the aesthetic to look in your garden.

Once you have that in mind then you can add lattice or whatever decor that you desire to help those guys continue giving you joy. Remember to take your time and plan otherwise, you might end up with an unattractive focal piece. 

 

If you want to do some rearranging, now is the time to move trees or shrubs.

The soil isn’t rock solid frozen or waterlogged. Unless you’re living in Normandy, cause I got water everywhere!

You’ll want to trim those guys down as well. Trees might have gotten excited and branches are now going everywhere and of course, shrubs always need a bit of a trim. 

 

While you’re tending to your trees and shrubs and hedges, go ahead and feed them with a slow-release fertilizer. You’ll want to take a pitchfork or the claw to incorporate the fertilizer into the soil surface. 

 

  • Feed your roses

Use a special rose feed or a balanced fertilizer meant for roses to help them grow. Tis a good time to prune the roses now to encourage strong new growth. 

I’m going to tell you, another newbie, some realness. I hate roses. I love getting them but growing them is just a pain.

If you don’t have the skills or the desire for something as temperamental as roses then pull them out. You’ll be much happier if you did! 

 

(fun fact: I have discovered a Christina black thumb-proof flower, the tulip! No matter what I do, dig up the blub, hit it with the weed eater, rip up the roots some how the girls just keep on growing!)

 

  • Deadhead flowers

Remove the head of the flower from the plant.

For instance, the bloom is aging and starting to sag a little. Removing them will encourage the plant to continue neat.

You’ll manage to fight diseases easier, you’ll get more flowers and keep the growth from getting out of hand. 

Types of flowers you’ll want to deadhead are daffodils, pansies, and hydrangeas (before new growth appears. Cut to about one-third of last season’s growth.)

 

Deadheading can be done with pruning sheers or simply pinching the flower off. Be gentle with your plant! 

 

*note: you will not want to deadhead all flowers, the ones listed above benefit from deadheading but flowers like petunias do not. 

  • Fruit Blossoms

Protect your fruit blossoms with a screen or a horticultural fleece. Yes, in March some places are still experiencing a bit of frost. Types of blossoms you’ll want to protect are apricots, peaches, and nectarines. 

 

As you’re protecting those blossoms, now is also the time to take that compost (grass clippings), mulch, or manure and spread it around the trunk. Not too much, you don’t want to create a mound.

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Throughout the month of March:

  • Continue weeding, it is much easier to control the weeds when you get a head start and while they’re young. 

 

  • Gotta a greenhouse? Start ventilating your greenhouse when it is warm and sunny. 

 

  • Transplanting:

Before you transplant your plants into the garden, don’t forget to transition them from the greenhouse to a cold frame or sheltered area for a few days. This allows them to harden off.

Harden off merely means toughing up your plants to get them ready for the big world. 

Cold framing: is a simple structure that uses solar and insulation to create a microclimate within your garden. Many of us utilize this to keep greens in winter or flowers from freezing. 

Cold framing is always a good idea to help extend the growing season, start seeds and harden off plants. 

  • Don’t walk on your garden bed! (When it’s wet)

Walking on your beds will compact the soil which destroys all your hard work. You impede the root penetration and cause poor drainage. Plus, I just finished aerating my beds and my arms are tired. I do not want to do that a second time! 

 

  • Ready to plant border plants? 

Directly sow hardy annual seeds such as sunflowers, poppies or cornflowers directly into sunny spots around the garden and or in pots. Outside! 

 

Now is also the time to directly sow wildflowers. To do this you’ll want to rake them into the soil that is in a sunny spot. 

 

Veggies to start now!

Directly sow sweet peas directly into your garden beds outdoors. 

Aubergine, sweet pepper, cucumbers, gherkins, tomatoes, celery, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts in the greenhouse. You’ll place these into the garden later in the spring. 

 

Also in your greenhouse or even on your windowsill start your salad seeds in pots. 

Indoor herb garden, start your basil. You can place these outside once the chance of frost has passed. 

 

Other indoor herbs you can start now are rosemary, sage, oregano, and thyme. 

 

Direct sow herbs:

Chives, coriander, dill, and parsley. 

 

Root deliciousness direct sow: onions, shallots, garlic. 

 

Extra: I’m currently working on spring onion and spinach. I’m starting these off in my potting shed, stay tuned for the update.

 

This little list is just to get you started for March.

Garden care is hard work, but well worth the blood sweat, and tears. Take it from a girl who hates getting dirty or discovering bugs that I’ve never seen.

I’ve screamed more times than I can count, my neighbors now just laugh at me. 

 

You are capable of so much more than you can imagine. I should have taken before and after pictures of my overgrown, thorny mess of a garden.

Despite not having those pictures I am incredibly proud of the work I’ve done. On the other end of this, not only has gardening been physically beneficial-I’ve lost five pounds, but mentally I feel so much clearer. 

Now get out there and tend to that garden!

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I’m the coffee-addicted creative behind Christina Q. Writes. As a full-time writer and lover of history, I share insights into my crazy wonderful life.  Christina Q. Writes is where I share tips and advice to help you live simply and in the moment, and do it your way. Don’t be afraid to laugh at my mistakes!