The promise of March



    Busy times in the garden, March is all about preparation. The groundwork, the hustle bustle before the main event. I love March for the promise it brings – everyday something is changing, appearing, emerging and gearing up ready to burst onto the scene. That said it starts to feel like a race to get everything done – whatever the weather -  as the days race by. 


   Throughout March I sport a rather fetching fragrance which is a mixture of Jeyes Fluid and Bonfires as there are paths to be cleared, greenhouses to be cleaned, beds and borders to be prepared and last years pots to be washed. The list of jobs go on but with the increasing light and the spring fever to be out doing stuff they’re a welcome chore. 


    Currently I’m sowing Borage, Calendula, Mini Cucumbers, little gem lettuce, Dragons tongue Rocket, Radish Sparkler and Radish Purple Plum, Lettuce Biscia Rossa, Mangetout, Beetroot Boltardy, courgettes Tuscan and custard white, Blue Solange Leeks and lots and lots of Violas (theres no such thing as too many violas!)


    The Dahlia bed didn’t get the attention it needed last year so now there’s work to do dividing, potting up and propagating. There’s something amazing and addictive about propagating your own plants – I suspect I could start a Dahlia nursery with the amount of tubers were starting off in pots this year but I just can’t stop myself.  


    Still light flurries of snow and icy mornings though the daffodils are making a concerted effort to push us into Spring. Winter seems to be abating but I’m sticking with my woolly hat and scarf for now.

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