The Gardener’s Calendar

By Ian Clemens – There is always plenty to do in the garden!

  • Any dormant fuchsias that you’ve over-wintered in the greenhouse can be put on the staging so that they are in full light and given a misting of water to encourage them to start wakening up.
  • This is your last chance to winter prune that wisteria. Really!
  • Check stored dahlia tubers, discarding any that have rotted. Move the tubers into a light, warm place and they’ll soon come into growth.
  • Start planning this year’s bedding display. Time to plant antirrhinums, marigolds, begonias, cosmos, lobelia petunias and pansies from seed.
  • Hopefully you’ve been saving egg boxes to use for chitting your seed potatoes. If not then a seed tray or modules will do. Chit them now for planting from mid-March onwards.
  • Sow windowsill crops of salad leaves and herbs.
  • Start planting Broad Beans, Brassicas, Carrots, Parsnips and onions.
  • Indoors sowing of tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and peppers.
  • Plant new fruit trees and continue to prune those that are already established.