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News & tips for March 2017

 

News & tips for March 2017 name

The ever darkening mornings coming upon us hold a promise of autumn and yet our balmy days and nights still point to high summer. It seems as if the seasons have lost their rhythm; one can’t figure out when to stop and the other when to start. In the garden this can confuse our wee little plants but as long as there are still very warm days and some decent rain we can still start planning and sowing our autumn garden.

Things to remember - the end of summer can be as dry as a dead dingos donger, so new plantings are most likely to need plenty of drink from the hose. Seedlings can often be wiped out in the extreme heat of one afternoon, so at this time of the year it is safer to plant out seeds or tubers unless your seedlings are strong little blighters and can handle the ridiculous heat. The best things to plant out now are:

Kale, Basil, Lettuce, Carrots, Swiss and Rainbow Chard and Chinese greens. You can also start planting out dwarf beans, cauliflower, broccoli and rhubarb.

TOP TIP: Watch out for snails and slugs if it’s been particularly hot and dry - they will rear their slimy little heads at the first sign of water. Use Baysol to keep them at bay.


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