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March 20th to 26th – MrT’s Gardening Year – Episode 2023 01
In ‘March 20th to 26th’ we follow MrT as he prepares his garden for the Spring.
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Monday, March 20th:
This series starts on the Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. For many this is the first day of spring. Spring is many people’s favourite season because it is a time of renewal in the world around us.
MrT has a very good show of Hellebores this year. They grow in the shade of an apple tree and provide a colourful show in the first few months of the year.
I have potted on the tomato seedlings that will, hopefully, give us a good crop in our greenhouse later on this year. The two varieties I’m growing are Gardeners Delight and Moneymaker.
Tuesday, 21st March:
I get on with a job I’ve been putting off for ages and clear the weeds, undergrowth and sprouting hazel on the far side of the fence at the front of my house. I leave some of the weeds loved by pollinators to encourage them.
MrsT helps me cut up the material which we put it in our garden waste bins. The local council collects this every fortnight.
Wednesday, 22nd and Thursday 23rd March:
My main task is working on our front lawn. We intended to change this to a wildflower meadow last year but the pigeons got fat on the seeds that we sowed. We’re trying again! We won’t be defeated by the pigeons.
Friday, 24th March:
A wet day so I retreat into the garden shed and pot up some bush cherry tomatoes. These will go into larger pots. 6 will go to our daughter in London because she loves tomatoes! We’ll keep the rest.
Saturday, 25th March:
A day to do some work in the greenhouse. When I open the door the humid warmth hits me!
Sunday, 26th March:
I end the week preparing some Clivea plants to go inside. They’ve been in the greenhouse and some of the leaves are damaged because of a very cold spell. The flower stems are growing rapidly so I’m looking forward to seeing their beauty.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed joining me in the garden. Please keep your eyes open for my next gardening week.
Many resources to help you in the garden can be found on the RHS website. You’ll find information on all aspects of gardening and news about their five wonderful gardens at Wisley (Surrey), Bridgewater (Salford), Harlow Carr (Harrogate), Hyde Hall (Essex) and Rosemoor (Devon).
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