March

Bunch of yellow daffodils

March

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Spring should be well on its way and now is the ideal time to start growing some plants from seeds indoors.  A wide range of seeds and growing sundries are available at the Garden Centre where staff will be able to offer help and advice should you need it.

Shrubs such as rhododendron, camellia or azalea require acidic soils but can be grown on neutral soils with some soil preparation and aftercare. Using a suitable fertiliser will be essential to ensure your plants remain healthy and produce flowers to their full potential. Several different products are available, all developed to make good results easier to achieve. Miracle Gro slow release Rhododendron and Azalea feed is perfect if you are limited for time or tend to forget to feed the plants, it will provide a regular source of nutrients over a set period of time throughout the growing season. Additional nutrients may be required from time to time due to weather or soil conditions such as Murphy’s Sequestrene Plant Tonic if you experience yellowing of the foliage.
There are now lime tolerant varieties of rhododendrons available which are easier to grow should your soil conditions be less than ideal. These shrubs are also suitable for growing in pots.

Spring flowering bulbs like crocus, hyacinths and daffodils could be producing a good show of colour for the time of year. They will need to be fed with a low nitrogen fertilizer such as  sulphate of potash or Chempak No 8 while still in leaf to promote good flowering in the following years.

However even if the weather is not as good as could be expected there is still time to prune back the stems of your rose bushes to about a third of last years height, if you have not already done so. Incorporate a  fertiliser such as Bayer Garden Top Rose or J. Arthur Bowers Rose Food with extra magnesium, following manufacturers instructions to encourage strong new growth that will bear lots of flowers.

Weeds

It is easier to spot-weed weeds such as dandelions, couch grass etc that may be growing between the plants you want to keep before they become too large. Difficult to control weeds should be tackled as soon as possible. There are many products available such as Round Up Weedkiller Gel which is ideal for stubborn weeds like ground elder etc.

Fruit & Vegetables

Continue  sowing seeds for an early crop of vegetables in a prepared seed bed.

Prepare the soil in the rest of the vegetable bed by incorporating a good soil conditioner such as Levingtons Organic Farm Manure.

Established blueberry bushes will benefit from an application of ericaceous feed at this time of year.

It is also a good time to reduce the possibility of peach leaf curl on stone fruits by treating with Vitax Bordeaux Mixture or Bayer Garden Fruit and Vegetable Disease Control.



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