The best season for gardening is here at last

Flowers to sow in March

Pansies and their viola relatives can be sown now. Seedlings can take some time to emerge, so make sure the seeds don’t dry out during the germination period. Modern pansies like Yates Joker Mix will bloom right through late winter and into spring, especially if dead flowers are removed and the plants fed regularly with Thrive Flower & Fruit.

Vegies to sow in March

March is the month for sowing root vegies such as beetroot, carrots, parsnips, radishes and turnips. None of these vegies responds well to being transplanted, so they’ll get the best start if they’re sown direct into garden beds. Beginners might like to try the Yates easy-sow seed tapes that are available for beetroot and carrots.

Feed, prune and plant in March

Young vegies planted now need to grow as much as possible before the cold weather, so feed at least once a fortnight with Thrive Soluble.

Put back raspberry canes that have fruited over summer. Split up and re-plant clumps of perennials such as violets and begonias. Old woody root sections should be trimmed off and discarded.

March is the month to plant new shrubs and trees. As the weather cools, the soil stays moist for longer – but there’s still enough warmth to encourage root growth.

March pest watch

In warmer areas, fruit flies are very active. Because Yates Fruit Fly control doesn’t have to be sprayed directly onto fruit, there’s no withholding period – you can eat the fruit whenever you like. Some traditional gardeners prefer to use Lebaycid, but remind customers to carefully follow the application instructions on the label.

Yates Nature’s Way Vegetable Dust Derris is a low toxic, ready-to-use dust that can be quickly and easily applied to control common pests like caterpillars, thrips and aphids on leafy vegetables.

Root Vegetables

Don’t forget to advise your garden customers that autumn is the ideal time to plant root vegetables such as rhubarb, garlic, strawberries and asparagus. Enthusiastic gardeners appreciate quality advice, so pass on these top root vegie tips:

  • Rhubarb hates wet feet, so choose a sunny spot with good drainage. Mix in some well-aged manure and Dynamic Lifter pellets before planting.
  • Plant garlic cloves and, after the leaves appear, begin feeding with a liquid plant food such as Yates Thrive or Aquasol.
  • To successfully grow asparagus, preplanting preparation is important. Mix  some compost or well-aged manure into the soil in a freely-draining spot, then add a complete plant food like Acticote or Dynamic Lifter.
  • Use a Yates Tuscan Edge pot, with its self-watering feature, to plant and keep strawberry plants in good condition. Use a good quality potting mix (such as Yates Premium) and move the pot around to capture maximum sunlight.