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What to do in the Garden this March

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    Welcome to March and the beginning of Autumn! It’s nature’s time for planting. As the soaking Autumn rains begin, the warmth of the baking summer sun is retained in the soil, thanks to the natural mulch created by the falling Autumn leaves. Milder temperatures and more reliable rainfall make Autumn gardening an absolute joy.

    Garden jobs for March:
    • Continue to harvest as summer fruits and vegetables mature.
    • As crops finish, prepare garden beds for planting by adding compost and mulch.
    • Consider some crop rotation to give your garden beds a break and rejuvenate the soil. Plant a Green Manure Crop for a season to give back some much-needed nutrients.
    • Autumn is the time to plant spring flowering bulbs. These are beginning to arrive at garden centres now.
    • Feed Citrus trees and continue to water well.
    • Watch for caterpillars attacking leafy crops in the veggie garden. Ask your garden centre expert about the best solutions.
    • Fertilise lawns to help to recover from the stress of summer.
    • Sweet peas are very colourful and very popular. Now is the time to sow. Tall, medium or dwarf sweet peas all share the same desire for sun and good drainage.
    • Prune back roses for an abundant Autumn show.
    • Feed cymbidium orchids now to encourage flower spikes and larger flowers.
    • New season’s Cyclamen, Primulas, Polyanthus, Violas, Dianthus and Pansies are beginning to arrive ready for autumn planting
    • Autumn is the perfect time for planting natives and advanced trees.

    What to grow in March:


    • Alyssum
    • Calendula
    • Cineraria
    • Cornflower
    • Dianthus
    • Nemesia
    • Pansy
    • Primula
    • Snapdragon
    • Virginian Stock
    • Viola
    • Sweet Pea
    Tropics Sub-tropical Arid Temperate
    Asian Greens Asian Greens Artichoke Asian Greens
    Basil Basil French and Climbing Beans Broccoli
    French and Climbing Beans Broccoli Beetroot Brussel Sprouts
    Carrot Brussel Sprouts Broccoli Cabbage
    Cauliflower Cabbage Brussel Sprouts Carrot
    Cucumber Carrot Cabbage Cauliflower
    Eggplant Capsicum Carrot Celery
    Leek Cauliflower Cauliflower Chives
    Potato Celery Celery Coriander
    Silverbeet Chilli Chives Dill
    Spring Onion Chives Coriander Garlic
    Sweet Corn Coriander Cucumber Mediterranean Herbs*
    Tomato Dill Garlic Kale
    Mediterranean Herbs* Kale Leek
    Kale Leek Lettuce
    Leek Lettuce Mint
    Lettuce Onion Parsley
    Mint Parsley Radish
    Parsley Pumpkin Rocket
    Radish Radish Silverbeet
    Rocket Rocket Spring Onion
    Silverbeet Silverbeet
    Spring Onion Spring Onion
    Tomato Tomato

    *Including Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Majoram, and Oregano