What To Get Planting in March
March in the UK signifies the start of spring, and as the days become longer and warmer, what should we start planting in our vegetable patches and flower beds so we can reap the benefits as soon as possible? Keep reading to find out more.
It’s planting time
March is a big month for anyone with an allotment, vegetable garden or even window box! It’s the month when seeds are sown, fruit trees can be moved and replanted, growing tender crops indoors and, for milder parts of the UK, planting hardy produce directly outdoors.
What vegetables to plant in March
With the first sustained glimpses of spring upon us, this is the perfect time of year to return to our green-fingered pursuits. What better sunny weekend activity is there than clearing new vegetable patches and preparing your seedbeds?
For anyone in not-so-mild climes, this is a great time to start sowing your vegetable seeds indoors or in a greenhouse. These include:
- Sweet peppers
- Salad plants
If you’re lucky enough to be somewhere slightly warmer in the UK, then March might be good timing to sow some hardier crops directly outdoors. These include:
- Swiss chard
Fruit to get in the ground
This is the time to not only think about the vegetables you want to be eating, but the fruits too. This is the right month to plant cold-stored strawberry runners and bushes like gooseberries and cranberries.
This month is your last chance to plant bare-root fruit trees (like apple or pear) and a good idea to plant container-grown fruit too.
What flowers to plant in March
March is a good time of year to sow many flowers so your garden can burst with colour soon. You can sow sweet peas, wildflower mixes, any hardy annuals, dahlias, poppies and fast-growing perennials.
Is March the month to plant any other produce?
Towards the end of March is a good time to sow some early herbs from seed. The likes of chives, coriander, fennel, parsley and dill will be happy if covered at night if a frost returns.
by Fabian Jackson
Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.