In the Fruit Garden In March
Cut autumn-fruiting raspberry canes to the ground to stimulate new canes, which will fruit in the autumn.
Protect the blossoms of apricots, peaches and nectarines from frost with a screen or horticultural fleece.
Cover strawberries with a cloche to encourage earlier fruiting.
Cut the tips of summer-fruiting raspberry canes that have grown beyond the top of their supports – cut just above the bud.
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.
Feed blueberry plants with ericaceous plant fertiliser.
Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost. Take care not to mound the mulch up around the tree trunks.
- Remove weeds, thatch and moss from your lawn and improve drainage.
- Plant summer flowering bulbs.
- Protect new spring shoots from slugs.
- Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early.
- Top dress containers with fresh compost.