The Garden Diaries: Victoria In March

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Hero plant this month: Seedlings

The soil is still warm, so it’s the best time to be planting flower and vegetable seedlings. There are a lot in-store at the moment, so come in and check out the range.

Plant up some pots for the balcony, your patio, or for some interest in the garden. Pansies and violas are great flowering favourites, as are lobelia with their dainty blue, white, pink, violet or bicolour blooms. 

Have some fun, plant together vegetables, herbs and add some pretty flowers for a splash of colour. Use a quality potting mix for best results. A top tip is to cluster pots of assorted sizes together for an effective look. 

Assorted lettuce seedlings

What else to plant

It’s the perfect time to get in some edibles right now too. Asian greens, lettuces and onions are good to go. As are brassicas such as broccoli and cauliflower, plant in fertile, well-drained soil, in an area that gets plenty of sun. Keep an eye out for the caterpillars of the cabbage white butterfly as they love brassica seedlings.

Spring bulbs like daffodils and hyacinths are available now. Some such as tulips need to be placed in the fridge before planting. This helps promote growth when you put them in the ground.

Trimming garden

Maintenance

It’s the perfect time to get out into the garden and get into some maintenance tasks. 

First up, get out the pruners and tidy up evergreen shrubs. Cut back perennials that have finished flowering. Not only will they look better, but the pruning will promote new growth. Clear away finished vegetable plants to make way for new autumn plantings. 

Don’t forget to give the soil some love. Add compost and organic manures to enrich the soil and encourage microorganisms. 

Patch and repair your lawn and gve it some fertiliser too. Apply a wetting agent to help autumn rains penetrate the soil after the dry summer.

Weeds will germinate with autumn rains, pull them while they are young. Adding mulch like sugar cane and pea straw to garden beds will help stop more weeds germinating and as the mulch breaks down, it will improve the soil. 

Assorted vegetables

Harvest

After all your hard work in the garden, March will reward with a bumper harvest. Tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant, and lettuce varieties are all ready for the table. Zucchini are in their final pick. Continue harvesting herbs such as mint, basil and parsley for cooking or to go into salads.

Autumn is the best time of year to be in the garden. The days are mild, and the soil is still warm. So, get out there this weekend and enjoy yourself. 

A mix of fruit and vegetables

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