|Posted by Lewisham Gardens on March 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM|
Here is Sarah Raven's March Newsletter. Her stock is quality and really good value.
While I almost always buy locally- Phoebe's and Shannon's - Sarah's nursery is one of the mail order places I use often.
With the arrival of spring there is lots to do in the garden in early march. Seed sowing really starts to get underway and you'll want to plant roses
and lift and divide perennial plants.
Tidy and Mend
Check your terracotta pots for frost damage. The hard winter may have damaged them, so check them over.
Sadly you can’t mend them, but you can break them down further and use them as crocks.
Shrubs and Trees
There’s nothing like the scent of shrub roses in the summer garden and even better when they are spectacular
climbers covering a fence or wall. Here’s how we recommend planting them:
You can plant bare root roses in March but wait till there is no frost on the ground.
Or you can pot up your bare root roses into large pots to grow on and plant them into the garden almost any time –
as long as you keep them well watered.
* Soak the root in a bucket of water overnight.
* Dig a hole at least as deep and wide as a spade head.
* Fork the base of the hole over well to break up the soil and add a handful of all-round fertilizer (e.g. Blood, fish and bone or chicken manure pellets).
* Mound a small pile of soil - mixed with a little compost - in the centre of the hole to support the crown of the rose.
* Place the rose in the centre.
* Lay a bamboo cane across the top of the hole to make sure that the ‘union’ of the rose (ie the union between the root plant and the graft,
which looks like a knee) is slightly below soil level. If it isn’t, dig the hole more deeply. This is crucial. If the union is above soil level, you
promote the formation of suckers from the root material. These may then outgrow the grated rose on top.
* Fill in the hole with soil mixed with well rotted manure (or home-made compost).
* Firm down with your heel, mulch well and water.
Grow Your Own Flowers
March is the moment for sowing your undercover hardy annual seeds. If you have a greenhouse, windowsill or conservatory you can sow nearly everything in our hardy annual seed range. The bestselling and favourite Ammi majus is a must. It has wonderful lacy, white flowers, like a more delicate form of cow parsley. It’s the best white filler foliage you can grow and is spectacular arranged in a vase on its own.
You can sow some half-hardy annuals too, but wait until the middle of the month when the light levels are better and the nights are less cold.
Grow Your Own Veg and Salad
At last you can get going on your veg. It’s so exciting, especially if you love sowing seeds and messing about in the potting shed or greenhouse. Varieties to sow now include borlotti beans, broad beans (sow direct outside), Brussels sprouts, cabbages, courgettes, French beans, leeks, squashes and tomatoes.
Cover soil with plastic to dry it out, then direct sow carrots, parsnips and radishes.
If you want to get going with some salad, sow now undercover or in gutters in your greenhouse or conservatory, Corn Salad, Rainbow chard, Mizuna, Rocket, Winter Purslane and Mustard and plenty of Lettuces.
Direct sow Chervil, Chives, Coriander or sow Dill, Fennel and French Sorrel under cover.
Harvesting Flowers – Lovely things to pick and arrange from your garden in March
Bulbs: Narcissi, grape hyacinths, hyacinths, early tulips e.g. Purissima, plus freesias and anemones under cover
Hardy annuals: Euphorbia oblongata and by the end of the month, cerinthe and schizanthus (inside)
Biennials: honesty and wallflowers
Perennials: artichoke leaves, hellebores and polyanthus, plus alstroemerias (under cover).
Contact: Sarah Raven's Kitchen & Garden Limited
1 Woodstock Court, Blenheim Road, Marlborough, SN8 4AN
Telephone 0845 092 0283