March

In The Fruit Garden In March

Feed blueberry plants with ericaceous plant fertiliser.

Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will fruit in autumn.

Protect the blossoms of apricots, peaches and nectarines from frost with a screen or fleece.

Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their supports.

Cover strawberries with a cloche to encourage earlier fruiting.

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, as this is where the growth happens.

Top Tips:

Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Take care not to mound mulch up around tree trunks.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Protect new shoots from slug damage.
  • Plant out summer flowering bulbs.
  • Start to feed pond fish.
  • Refresh the surface soil in planted pots.
  • Clean up paths, patio and decking.
  • Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early.