March

March is officially the beginning of spring, but can be really cold with unpredictable weather. Frosts, hailstones, even snow is not uncommon in March and even as the soil begins to warm up, it’s better to be patient before sowing anything outside.

To Do List

  • Weeds will certainly be growing given the chance, so keep beds and containers weeded to stop them seeding.
  • Sow vegetable seeds indoors according to what you want to grow.

You could be harvesting:

  • Parsnips
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Kale
  • Purple sprouting broccoli
  • The last of the leeks.

Bush varieties of tomatoes are great for tubs and hanging baskets. Try ‘Hundreds and Thousands’, ‘Tumbler’ or ‘Tumbling Tom’ Red or Yellow. Now is a good time to sow peas and beans. You could also start some cut and come again salad leaves indoors and sow some directly outside as well if the weather is pleasant.

Other things to do

  • In the classroom grow pea shoots in pots.
  • Order perpetual strawberry runners if not already done in the autumn (see September).
  • If not already done in the autumn, plant onion sets and garlic.
  • Sow seeds of easy to grow herbs such as parsley, coriander, fennel, chives and chervil. Hardy herbs such as rosemary and thyme are best bought as small plants from the garden centre.
  • Plant out chitted seed potatoes mid-month if your garden is somewhat protected from frosts in say an urban environment or by the sea. Otherwise potatoes are best left until after the last frosts have gone in April, hopefully! (see April)

Curriculum Resources

Classroom Activities to Get Growing, Get Cooking and Get Inspired will be available soon.