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Things to do in March

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 see 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 brussels outdoors, any early summer cauliflowers raised from seeds indoors could be planted out now, but may still need protection under cloches

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