Well, March definitely came in like a Lion with buckets of snow”March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb” is the old phrase well we can only hope it does this year. But we can still be getting on with jobs in Organic Vegetable garden in March and now the sun is shining again.
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In the Organic vegetable garden in March
- You can Sow early Broad beans in seed trays of compost, just pushing the seeds into the compost, to transplant later.
- As I use no dig I had a new layer of compost and covering the soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.
- Begin chitting (sprouting) seed potatoes when you get them. Ours are doing well on the windowsill in the kitchen Towards the end of the month, you can plant your chitted early potatoes outside in the ground. If you don’t have enough space for growing potatoes on your plot, why not try growing them in a container which is what we do.
Growing Potatoes in Bags
To plant up potato grow bags in five easy steps
- Simply fill a potato bag with good organic compost to around an inch below the rim.
- Carefully put a single chitted potato tuber into the compost with the shoots pointing upwards, to a depth of 12cm (5″) from the soil surface. Gently cover the tubers with compost.
- Now all you need to do is water them, place the potato bag in a bright, frost free position and wait for them to grow.
- Feed potato plants every other week with an organic potato fertiliser and water the bags when the compost begins to dry out.
- When the foliage starts to die back harvest by tipping out the bag.
You can Plant asparagus beds from crowns.
Asparagus plants take 3 years to really fill in and mature, but it’s worth the wait.
Asparagus has shallow roots so weed by hand to prevent damage. Dig a trench about 20 – 25cm deep and 30cm wide, and add a liberal amount of well-rotted compost to the base of the trench mixed with some bonemeal. Carefully place the crowns 45cm apart in the trench, spreading the roots out, and cover with some sieved soil and ensure the emerging buds are just below soil level.
Plant onions, shallot and garlic sets.
I planted my onions and garlic out last October but you can also plant them now. So as the ones outside got a pasting by the Beast from the East. I thought I better.
As long as the soil isn’t frozen or waterlogged you can try it outside. Or you can pot up onion sets into individual modules for transplanting outdoors later on which I am also trying.
In the fruit garden
- Plant apple trees, cherry trees and other fruit trees now if you didn’t do it in Autumn.
- Continue to plant raspberry canes. Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will fruit in the autumn. Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their supports; cut just above a bud
- Plant out dormant fruit bushes like blackcurrants and gooseberry.
- If you have them, remember to feed your blueberry plants with ericaceous plant fertiliser.
- Protect the blossoms of any stone fruits like peaches that have blossomed from frost with some horticultural fleece. These fruit trees can also be planted now.
- Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost taking care not to mound mulch up around the trunk or you can scorch the bark.
- Mulch rhubarb with a thick layer of well-rotted manure to keep it healthy and reduce moisture loss through the soil. Take care not to cover the crown. You can also plant fresh rhubarb crowns now.
In the Organic greenhouse
- Start to direct sow vegetable seeds such as lettuce in greenhouse or polytunnel.
- Sow Tomato and Aubergines in a heated greenhouse as they need a long growing season.
- For better seed germination in cold weather, try using an electric propagator or a hotbed to help your early sowings along.
- Bring strawberries undercover for an earlier crop. I have two in the greenhouse to try this year.
- You can bring bags of compost into the greenhouse to warm up for a week or two before you start sowing.
You can get my Quick Job list for the Organic garden in March here by clicking the image below
This month I have finally made woodchip paths in the Organic vegetable patch and we planted Redcurrants, summer raspberries and more strawberries. And indoors we have sown tomatoes, aubergines, early lettuce, Spring onions and Onion sets. Below you can see our current garden layout. It is from VegPlotter which is a free garden software and I love that it has grow guides and you can see your plot develop over the year it even tells you when to plant and harvest based on your location. You can see my Spinach needs to be harvested.
I hope you enjoyed this post and you are tempted if you have never grown your own to give it a go. You can find other gardening posts here Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets.
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