In The Vegetable Garden This March

Dig in green manures grown over the winter. Do this while stems are still soft.

Dig compost, well-rotted manure or green waste into your vegetable beds to prepare for the growing season ahead. Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer when the soil becomes workable. Weed vegetable seed beds before adding the layer.

Clear you vegetable beds of weeds in March to prepare for planting.

Weed and mulch asparagus beds. Asparagus has shallow roots so weed by hand to prevent damage.

Top up veg planters and raised beds with compost and good quality topsoil.

Plant shallots, onion set and early potatoes. Onions are such a versatile vegetable – they feature in so many recipes, and growing your own means you’ll always have them to hand.

Top Tip:

Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.

This Month's Key Tips
  • 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.