Posted: 01/03/2017 at 16:52
Glad to see the back of February with high winds and rain. March promises a quieter month with warm Springlike weather predicted 6th-14th. Unfortunately much colder again from 15th-19th with more rain or perhaps snow forecast 16/17th. Cold and dry from 20th but high winds coming in again towards the 29th. The month however will end up warming up again which is good news.
March is a great month for pruning hedges as the sap is not quite rising in earnest, try to do this on a descending Moon Day, anytime between the 7-20th of this month. Good tip re. Onions and shallots -To avoid bolting plant out sets or prick out seedlings on Root Days during a descending Moon eg. 13-15th March.
Here is the Lunar Calender 1st-16th March 2017
1/2nd March - Moon rising in Pisces so Leaf Days. Sow lettuce/rocket and dandelion in Nursery Beds lightly fleeced or under cloches.
3rd March - Fruit Day No gardening before 12.40am as Moon perigee (nearest to Earth) after this sow cucumbers and melons in heated greenhouse or on windowsill above radiator. (Don't let them dry out but just 'mist' them.
4/5/6th March - Moon in Taurus. Root Days. Sow celeriac under heat keeping seeds damp but remembering to lift and drain off plastic lids if they have condense. In Nursery Bed outside sow Autumn Leeks.
7/8th March - Moon in Gemini the Air sign so Flower Days Prune roses down to ground level (French method) that flower all season.Prick out cauliflowers in frames and pelargoniums into pots sown the end of January.
9th March - Leaf Day Plant asparagus and potted evergreen shrubs/trees.
10/11/12th March - Fruit Days -Full Moon on the 12th and no gardeing on the 11th as Noeud, which when running into Full Moon usually means very unsettled weather and magnetic forces al over the place so new plantings weak and weedy plus prone to disease and fungal infections. Finish pruning Bush Fruit and grapevines. Prick out aubergines/peppers and chillies sown 24-27th January Earth up peas sown 4th February. and net them to stop birds from pecking the young growth.
13/14/15/ and am 16th March - All Root Days - Moon descending in Virgo so get those onions and shallots pricked out or new sets in as per above tip to avoid bolting. Plant early potatoes/jerusalem artichokes and horseradish. Thin out carrots sown 24/25th Feb.
So there we are -up and running into another month. Great to have lighter evenings already. Starting to move plants gradually to new home next week. Luckily only a few miles away so can do 2 trips a day. Nothing can go in the ground as yet so moving everything in pots.Garden Fairs start beginning of April -I am already making a Shopping List and that's before I've done a soil test which is a bit daft!