March: What to do on the allotment

March is here in all its sunny glory in UK and we are thinking about what to do on the allotment.

I love the March sun because it makes grumpy people smile, the lovely spring flowers grow from their deep sleep of winter and allotment holders everywhere get very excited, because its time to sow seeds – Woo hoo!

Our organic seed delivery happened in January from Kings seeds and I have been waiting for that wonderful moment when I get the compost into pots and start planting.

I have been learning about planting by the moon because different plants grow better when they are planted during different phases of the moon. Each of these phases imparts an influence on the way vegetation grows on the planet through the rising and falling of the moisture in the ground and in the plants. – The gardeners calendar

I tell you what, it has made a difference, my courgettes and french beans I planted at 4.30am (this is because I couldn’t sleep not because you have to get up at idiot O’ clock to plant by the moon) have shot up, they are growing so well. This photo was taken 2 weeks after I planted the seeds, I had to re-pot them into bigger pots!

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So what can be planted now?

Well loads of things really especially tomatoes, peppers, chillies, aubergines to give them a long time inside before they go out in summer to give them the best chance. Summer cabbage, broccoli, cauliflowers and beetroot, radish, lettuce, celariac, celery, globe artichoke, brussel sprouts, kohl rabi and turnips too can be started off inside now.

Sow carrots under cloches because they wont germinate in cold soil. In warm areas (we are in Northwest) you can sow outside broad beans, onions and leeks. peas, rocket, parsnips and spinach.

I pop cling film over my pots to keep the moisture and warmth in and have them on my easel in my studio because the light and sun pours in there.

You can also plant early potatoes if the ground isn’t frozen, apparently the roots help to break up the soil. I have some chitting in the cupboard and will be planting them on Sunday when I go to the allotment for the monthly meeting.

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What to do on the plot

Prune back thyme, rosemary, marjoram and sage, I hate doing this because I always feel bad chopping down the plants but you can take the leaves home and dry them out for cooking, it helps the plants to encourage a flourish of new leaves and growth.

Put some of your lovely compost or rotted manure around the bottom of your fruit trees.

Add cardboard or straw on top of beds that need clearing ready for planting in a month or two. Make sure it’s about 2 inches thick to do a good job if using straw or compost.

If you have any crops that have lasted through the winter like kale, cabbage or broccoli, give them a boost by taking off yellow leaves and add a balanced fertilizer like this organic one by Miracle gro.

Clear weeds as they appear = the most boring job on the plot!

Enjoy the lovely spring sunshine and look forward to the amazing bounty your plot will produce this year!

 

 

 

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