March Updates

Have you ever thought that March is a bit like a lighthouse, light and darkness coming in bursts, enticing you into the garden one moment then sending you scurrying indoors to warm frozen wet fingers round a cup of coffee the next.

By now most amateur gardeners are desperate to be out doing, knowing in their heart of hearts that it is too early for most main crop sowing. However if you have a propagator or warm windowsill you can begin to germinate peppers,tomatoes, chillies(new to the schedule this year), aubergines and squashes. They all need a long growing season and benefit from a head start.

By now beds and borders are bursting into colour, daffodils and crocus especially lighting up the bare soil.Any shrubs that look battered and leggy can be given a good prune and by the end of the month cornus, buddleia and miscanthus can be cut back to just above ground level.Winter flowering clematis and vibernum can be gently cut back to keep a good shape for the summer.

The BHS has once again put together a varied show schedule with lots for everyone. Look out for our growing event for children on the 3rd March in the church hall. Come along and plant a potato and decorate your plant pot ready for cress growing. If you can’t make the event but want to enter the show, ring for a free potato planting bag.

BIB are once more busy around the village with lots of exciting plans for the future. Come along and join us, no expertise needed just a bit of enthusiasm and a love of your village.

Happy gardening,

Maureen Smith

For free potato bag ring ( 01423 779885) Entry in schedule is 575. Bags have been kindly donated by Daleside Nurseries.

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