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5 gardening jobs March 2-8

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Tomatoes in the propagator

Use common sense when sowing

This is the start of the main sowing period (March-May) for a huge variety of hardy annualshalf-hardy annuals and vegetables. Judge by the weather, the current conditions and what protection you can provide whether it’s time for you to sow or not. Seeds will rot in freezing or waterlogged conditions outside – try starting crops off in modules in a cold greenhouse, cold frame or propagator, then harden off to be planted out. IF IN DOUBT, PUT IT OFF!

Climbing rose Claire Austin

Plant new roses

This is the best month for planting roses in heavy soils or in cold areas. Don’t plant a rose where one was grown before, otherwise, new introductions may suffer from replant disease. Feed plants with a granular rose fertiliser as they come into growth. Prune established bush and standard roses as they start growing but before any leaves unfurl.

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion seed sown

Sow veg seeds

Sow seeds in modules/pots in an unheated greenhouse: broad beansleekslettuce, rocket, coriander, peas and Swiss chard. Sow sweet peppers, chilliestomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, celery and globe artichokes in a propagator.

Himalayan lily protected by copper band

Beware of slugs and snails

Add copper rings to pots and in borders to protect plants from slugs and snails.

Aphid colony

Watch out for greenfly

Aphids can multiply rapidly during mild spells. Protect sweet pea plants in particular, as they can get sweet pea viruses, which are transmitted by the sapsuckers.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.


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