March marks the start of early spring, and we slowly creep towards the spring equinox. Don’t be fooled by the warmer days, March still brings some frosty nights.

Delicious March Harvests

WHAT CAN WE HARVEST FROM THE ALLOTMENT IN MARCH ?

March harvests

Seeds to sow in March

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR SEEDS YOU CAN START SOWING IN MARCH

Sow Outdoors

SOW OUTSIDE STRAIGHT INTO THE SOIL

March sow

In the Greenhouse

ALLOW TO GERMINATE INDOORS – THEN TRANSFER TO A COLD GREENHOUSE

You can sow

Indoors

THESE SEEDLINGS NEED A LITTLE EXTRA WARMTH, SOW THEM INSIDE AND LET THEM GROW ON INSIDE

Towards the end of March, if you have space indoors or a heated greenhouse, you can start to think about sowing tomatoes to grow on undercover. ┬áLast year I succumbed to social media pressure sowed my tomatoes around mid-March, but next year I will wait until at least the 3rd or 4th week of March. Space is a consideration, as they grow so fast so will probably need potting on a few times before they move to the greenhouse. If they become pot bound it can stunt their growth, so it’s best to delay sowing for a few weeks and have healthier plants, if you can resist! If you plan to grow tomatoes outdoors, wait until at least mid-April to sow.

If you started your peppers & aubergines indoors earlier in the year, hold back from transferring to the greenhouse just yet if the forecast is 5 degrees celsius or lower – I try to keep these indoors until the risk of frost has passed. These plants love warmth, so keep them inside if you can, and pot them on if needed so they don’t become root-bound.

Jobs to do in March

HERE ARE SOME JOBS YOU CAN BE GETTING ON WITH IN MARCH

March Jobs

COMING SOON

Jerusalem artichoke tuber, starting to bud