Things to do in March

Herbs - towards the end of the month sow seeds of chives, coriander, dill, fennel, oregano and parsley


Potatoes - you should be able to start to plant them out now


Root and stem vegetables - carrots and turnips can be sown outdoors but under cloches or frames


Strawberries - plant out cold-stored runners as soon as they become available

Top Tasks for March - As winter begins to recede, sowing and planting outdoors can start. Probably the most useful thing you can do this month is begin preparing beds for sowing and planting. Remove any weeds that have survived the winter, rake the soil thoroughly and apply some fertilizer.


• Harvest your first Rhubarb of the year


• Plant first early potatoes, shallots and garlic by the end of the month


• Bare-root fruit trees and bushes should be planted by now


• Finish winter pruning gooseberries, blackcurrants, blueberries and autumn raspberries


• Apply fertilizers to boost nutritional content of your soil before sowing and planting begins


Sow or plant in March

Asparagus - it is possible to grow from seed but much easier to buy ready-to-plant rootstocks. Plant them in pre-prepared trenches


Aubergines, chillies and peppers - these are all summer fruiting vegetables and need as long as possible to ripen. Get ahead by sowing seeds indoors this month


Broccoli, cabbages and other brassicas - sow Brussel sprouts outdoors, any early summer cauliflowers raised from seeds indoors could be planted out now, but may still need protection under cloches