March brings slightly cooler temperatures and moist soil. Now is the time to have a look at your garden and see what planting needs to be done.


Winter Vegetables

With a bit of forward planning you could have a nice crop of winter vegetables to harvest during the cold months. Planting these vegetables now will get the vegetables as close to maturity as possible before winter really sets in.

Plant out silverbeet, spinach, cabbages, cauliflower, broccoli, broccoflower, spring onions, brussel sprouts, beetroot, celery, lettuce & and pak-choi. At this stage of the year with the lead up to winter shortening, seedlings are best planting choice.

However sugar snap peas, carrots, swede, turnip, raddish and broad bean seeds are best sown as seeds. Plant these seeds directly in the garden.

Months: April, March

Watering

The golden rule to watering is to water less often, but to water more deeply. This will encourage roots to go further down and seek water from the subsoil. Light watering on the surface every day has the opposite effect. For most gardens, a couple of times a week for a long period is better than watering every evening for a short time.

Months: February, January, March, November, October, September

Time to sow Sweet Peas

Now is the time to sow sweet pea seeds for a fragrant and colourful, winter/ spring display. To help germination of the seed, soak the sweet pea seeds in water for several hours, before planting. This well soften the shell of the seed. Plant your seed in a sunny and well drained site

Months: April, March, May

Spring Bulbs

Time to purchase spring bulbs. Check out the range in store now; daffodils, hyacinth, grape hyacinth, gladioli nanas, crocus, iris reticulata and more available be in quick for the best selection. Check out our planting guide here.

Months: April, February, March

Soil Maintenance

“The answer lies in the soil” is a well known phrase which is true to the success (or not) we have in the garden. With this in mind it is time to re-invigorate the soil in the vegetable garden. Summer vegetables can often pillage the soil of fertility and break down the structure. Therefore the addition of sheep pellets, compost & fertiliser is highly recommended and will help ensure continued good production from your plot.

Months: April, March

Protect your vegetables from White Butterfly

Protect brassicas (brocolli, cauliflower and cabbage) from white butterfly using ‘Yates Success Ultra’ or ‘Yates Mavrik’ or ‘Yates Derris Dust’.

Alternatively you can cover your crop with bug netting supported over cane or metal hoops. This also adds protection against birds.

Months: December, February, January, March

Prepare your Winter and Spring Flower Garden

Time to start thinking about your Winter and Spring Garden. Pull out summer annuals that are finished or coming to an end. Look at replacing them with winter and spring flowering annuals. You will find pansies, stocks, polyanthus, primroses, primulas, snap dragons, lupins, holly hocks and more are coming into store this month.

Months: March

Prepare for your new Lawn

It is time to prepare and sow your new lawn, or make repairs to existing lawns. Now is the time to spray out areas for new lawns in preparation for sowing in late March or April. A really good lawn can be obtained only by intensive soil preparation BEFORE sowing. Once the lawn is established it is difficult to level off an uneven surface or eradicate undesirable grass and weed species. Check out our ‘How To Construct, Establish and Maintain Lawns’ guide here.

Months: March

March Harvest

Regular harvesting can still be made on summer vegetables and fruit. These include beans, peas, zuchinni, tomatoes and lettuce.

Grape varieties should be coming ready for harvest.

Apples are often the dominant cropper, though some late nectarines and peaches are still going. The later varieties are often better ‘keepers’ and can be stored to give supply through the winter months. If fruit is slow to ripen on peaches and nectarines, a light pruning to let more sunlight through the tree is can be advantageous.

The first fruits of feijoas, pears and walnuts will be soon starting to fall. Check under your trees regularly, as the main harvest comes ready later in the month.

Months: March

Lifting Tuberous Begonias

When finished flowering, tuberous begonias can be stored away for next growing season. Click here for more information

Months: April, March

Home made compost is easy with leaves

Collect up autumn leaves when they fall in the coming weeks as they make fantastic compost. Because sometime we need a little help with our compost, you could add ‘Worm Farm & Compost Conditioner’ to the compost heap. Not only will this product help neutralise the acidity created as the organic matter decomposes. This increases the speed of decomposition and promotes increased microbial activity and optimises the conditions for worms.

Months: April, March

Green Crops – Natural soil Maintenance

A green crop is the growing of a crop that will be dug back into the soil. It is a natural method of soil maintenance, when dug into the soil and it will  boost and replace lost nutrients. This will also encourage earthworms and other beneficial micro organisms to your garden. There are three main varieties of seed commonly used as green manure crops; blue lupins, barley and oats and mustard. This is a good use of an area of ground, not needed for winter vegetable growing, rather than allowing weeds to take over.

For more information about Green Crops click here.

Months: April, March

Garden Redesign

When planning your a new garden or changes to your garden, here are some ideas to consider;

  • Do you want more privacy from your neighbours?
  • Do you want some shelter from wind?
  • Would a shade tree be beneficial to your outdoor eating area?
  • Does the main entrance way to your house look inviting and have good street appeal?
  • Do you want to create a vegetable garden?
  • Do you want to grow your own fruit?

If you would like professional advice with garden design you may wish to contact our Landscape Designer Lucky. Click here for more information.

Months: March

Garden Mums

Great colour in the garden are ‘garden mums’ also know as chrysanthemums. These are late summer and autumn flowering beauties! They are drought resistant and love the sun. They will tolerate poor soils and grow in any well drained spot.  They are available in a range of colours including; yellow, red, pink, burgundy, white & burnt orange. Most of them will grow about 50-70cm high. Check them out they are spectacular!

Months: February, January, March

Fertilise Winter and Spring flowers

Time to fertilise winter and spring flowering and fruiting plants such as citrus, rhododendrons, camellias, daphne, azaleas and others to aid flower developments for spring. Come in store to find the right fertiliser you need.

Months: April, August, March, September

Chill your Tulips and Hyacinths

Tulip bulbs should be in store now. To get you bulbs off to a good start, chill your Tulips and hyacinths in the fridge for 4-6 weeks, before planting. This will ensure beautiful blooms. It is better to place the bulbs in a paper bag. A plastic bag may cause the bulbs to sweat and rot.

Months: April, March

Best time to plant a tree

Autumn is the best time of year to be making plantings of tree and shrubs so that they can establish good root systems before the dry of next summer. They often make far bigger, better and stronger plants, more quickly than those planted in the spring. Why not plant some fruit trees? Home grown fruit tastes better and is alot fresher.

Months: April, March