Paraic Horkans Tip for your garden in May

March in the Garden

March is one of the busiest months for gardeners as rising temperatures bring the garden alive. It’s definitely time to shake the cobwebs off the gardening tools (and yourself!) and get outside.

Jobs in the garden for March

rose photoPrune rose bushes to within six inches from soil level, remove all dead wood and feed with Sudden Impact rose fertiliser once a month.
Summer flowering climbing roses and Clematis can now be planted on trellis or garden arches. These plants work very well together. Summer flowering Clematis can be pruned now.

Plant hedging plants including hardy green Laurel, green or copper Beech, cone shaped Thuja, evergreen Etna and green or golden Privet.


Summer Bedding Ideas

Summer Bedding Ideas

Pot up a selection of summer flowering bedding plants such as Marigolds, Busy  Lizzies,  Begonias, Petunias and Antirrhinums.

Tomatoes, peppers and chillies are now available as baby plants for growing on a bright warm window sill in pots.

Kill lawn moss now with a dressing of moss remover. Simply apply to the entire lawn area and your lawn will be a rich green colour about two weeks after treatment.

Plant Sweet Pea plants now out of doors into a well prepared bed adding organic farmyard manure to the planting hole.

Prune summer flowering shrubs including Hydrangeas, Spirea, Hypericiums, Roses and Fuchsia. Remember when you prune you need to feed your shrubs with a good tree and shrub fertiliser.


ee34b90f21fd1c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d21ab7194596f7_640_onionsPlant onion sets, garlic, shallots, horseradish and rhubarb now in well prepared soil.

Sow cabbage and lettuce plants from seed into moist compost. Cover with cling  film and place on a warm bright window sill. The young plants can be planted  out of doors in early  April.

Plant blight resistant potatoes now. Choose great varieties including Sarpo Mira,  Sentata, Orla and Colleen for trouble free potatoes this summer.

Feed your lawn with lawn fertiliser now.

ee33b90c2cf61c3e81584d04ee44408be273e7d218b0114097f2_640_cucumberVegetable plants including Swiss Chard, spinach, leeks, kohl rabi, beans and peas can now be planted out of doors.


Plant female cucumbers in late March. The variety Pepenex is particularly good and produces masses of great tasting cucumbers all summer. Feed cucumbers with tomato fertiliser from mid May every two weeks.

Cabbages can now be planted out of doors. Plant a selection of different varieties for flavour and to extend the cutting period. Varieties like Hispi will be ready by early May with Marathon and Duncan cropping later.

Sow sweet night scented Stock from seed. Simply sow the seed directly out of doors in lightly raked soil.

Apply Patio Magic moss killer to tarmac, patios and driveways to kill moss quickly and help restore the natural colour.

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