Welcome to the Monthly Gardening Tips for March. Hopefully the weather and the ground is warming up a bit and there hasn’t been too much winter damage.
Fuchsias now need pruning. Cut hardy fuchsias down to the ground and trim back your potted fuchsias by two thirds; repot after cleaning off all the compost.
Rose bushes – cut back by about a third, making sure you cut out dead wood and branches that cross-over. If the shoots are frosted cut them out completely. Try and make a nice open centre and a neat shape.
If you have Winter flowering heathers give them a haircut after they finish flowering. Just trim back below the flower stems and make a nice shaped mound.
For big heathers use garden shears, but turned over, as it helps get the right shape. Doing this now saves them getting woody and leggy.
Our Bideford Gardeners’ Club will be visiting Blackmore & Langdon, Pensford, Bath nursery on 11th May for a pre-Chelsea display and chance to buy plants much cheaper than in the catalogue. Spaces on the coach will be limited as we are also visiting Holt Farm, Yeo Valley Organic Yoghurts private garden. We have more trips planned, ask for details
If you need more information and advice why not come along to Bideford Gardeners’ Club. Our next meeting is at 7.30pm on 13th March at Bideford Methodist Church Hall, entrance off Honestone Street car park. with Caroline King & Christine Waters on Easter Floral Arrangements (both active members of Atlantic Flower Club) www.bidefordgardenersclub.co.uk for our complete programme.
Good Growing – Mike Avis – secretary.
(As ever, keep an eye on the weather forecast – intermediate & long-term – before making a judgement on sowing or planting).
March sees increasing activity in the vegetable plot. Onion sets go in at 100mm intervals, and it’s not too late at the same time to plant garlic cloves (only just covered). Under glass: sow lettuce, celery, celeriac, and French beans. In the garden sow carrots, parsnip, spinach, turnip, peas, spring onions, and radish (as a catch-crop). Plant early potatoes.