Roehampton Garden Society

March jobs on your allotment

March primulas

  • Continue soil preparation by hoeing to suppress early weeds and cover with black landscape fabric/ weed suppressant or a thick layer of composted stable manure to warm the soil. Top- dress overwintering vegetables with a general fertilizer.
  • Apply a general fertilizer to all areas required for early crops.
  • To lessen the impact of brassica club root, raise the soil pH by adding lime to brassica beds. Some club root resistant varieties are available in store, g. Brussels sprouts Crispus, Cabbage Kilaton.
  • Sow outdoors early cultivars of beetroot, broad beans, peas, early cultivars of lettuce, radish, early spinach, parsnips and turnips. Seeds available in store.
  • Towards the end of the month early varieties of carrot can be sown. Sow indoors or in the greenhouse Brussels sprouts, cabbage, celery, celeriac, early leeks and tomatoes, cucumbers, courgettes, peppers and chillies. Seeds available in store.
  • Start herbs from seed. Sow dill, fennel, parsley and sorrel in plots to transplant later. Herb seeds available in store.
  • Watch out for signs of damping off in seedlings and be careful not to overwater.
  • Prune blueberries.
  • Direct plant shallots and onion sets.
  • By the end of March, if the weather is warming, plant first early potatoes when the shoots are 2cms long
  • Plant asparagus crowns.
  • Prepare trenches for runner beans with well-rotted manure and shredded paper at the base.
  • Clean greenhouse panes to maximise light levels.
  • Children can sow Candytuft, available in store.

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