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What To Get Planting in March

by Fabian Jackson

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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. 

allotments from over head

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? 

Sow indoors 

small plants in pots

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: 

  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet peppers
  • Aubergines 
  • Celery 
  • Salad plants

Sow outdoors 

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: 

  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Shallots 
  • Garlic
  • Broadbeans 
  • Carrots 
  • Cauliflowers 
  • Swiss chard
  • Beetroots
  • Parsnips 
  • Peas

Fruit to get in the ground

apple tree in an orchard

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.   

flowers with bees on

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.

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Fabian Jackson
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.

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