Spring is in the air and now is the time to lay the foundations to a beautiful, lush and fragrant garden by the time Summer envelopes us. Whether your aim is to transform your outdoor space into a welcoming escape for al fresco dining or just add some colour and life into a small balcony space there are some key jobs in March you should tackle. We’ve pulled together a list to help keep us on track before the butterflies and bees arrive.

START THESE INDOORS

If you are thinking about creating an outdoor garden this season you can give yourself a head start by sowing some herbs and vegetables seeds inside until there is no risk of frost.

Start basil seeds now indoors on a windowsill / conservatory

Chilli peppers and sweet peppers

Sow perennial herbs (ones that have a continuous harvest for more than two years) indoors such as rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon balm.

If you have a greenhouse get planting those cucumbers & gherkins

Sow all manner of salad leaves seeds in pots & place on the window

WHAT TO SOW OR PLANT OUTDOORS

Seeds are often a less expensive and easier way to get growing. The following are the top picks to get you started. If you sow all of these, we’ll be coming around for dinner!

Sow chives, coriander, dill & parsley seeds in containers or directly into the soil

Sow alpine wild strawberries along a path or a wild patch of your garden

Sow beetroot, carrot, broadbeans, kale, swiss chard, turnips, chicory and leeks seeds now

Last chance to plant fruit trees such as apple or cherry in a sunny sheltered spot

As soon as the ground begins to thaw plant cranberries and lingonberries (the famous Scandinavian berry)

BRING WILDLIFE TO YOUR GARDEN

Attract butterflies and bees to your garden this summer through wildflowers. Scatter some wildflower seed mixtures in amongst your beds or borders or if you are lucky enough to have more space why not plant a mini meadow?

Think cornflowers, poppies, foxglove, evening primrose to name a few of the 300+ species.

Top up bird feeders. This is the time of year where birds are desperate for food to provide for themselves and their young.Either buy a ready to hang seed  feeder or supplement with apples, pears, sunflower seeds, dried fruit or mealworms (if you have them handy!)

NEAT AND TIDY

Not fun but weeding must be done! Weed & tidy your borders

Help prevent weeds or soil drying out by mulching borders or beds with a pronged rake

Mow the lawn if it needs it but on a dry day

Once  daffodils are on their way out deadhead & leave their base die naturally

Prune bushes & climbing roses to improve the growth

Rake out any patches of lawn moss and lightly re-seed any bald patches

AND IF YOU REALLY HAVE SOME TIME ON YOUR HANDS

  • Get the water pressure machine going on your patio slabs & enjoy the satisfaction of slicing off the past years grime.
  • Clean /sharpen your garden tools
  • Start to keep a diary of what you have planted and where (good advice, must take it ourselves!)
  • Put on your sunglasses, Spring is around the corner!