Top 10 jobs to do now

Top 10 jobs to do now

March is often a time of seasonal change in the garden, and there’s heaps to get your teeth (or trowel!) into. Here’s a selection of jobs to focus on now.

  • Prepare garden beds and pots for spring bulbs. Buy the bulbs as soon as you see them on sale, but don’t plant them until the soil is cool.
  • Strengthen plants by regularly watering them with liquid seaweed, but remember that seaweed isn’t a substitute for an NPK-based fertiliser.
  • Plant evergreen shrubs to give them time to establish before the cold weather arrives.
  • Continue removing dead flowers and seed heads from dahlia plants to promote more flowering.
  • Reduce watering of your indoor plants gradually as the temperature cools and their growth slows.
  • Start introducing sun-loving pot plants to more sunshine if they’ve spent summer protected in shade.
  • Cut back pelargoniums if they haven’t been trimmed since spring.
  • Tidy kangaroo paws by pulling off dead leaves and cutting down flower stems that have finished blooming.
  • Sow sweet peas in soil that has been improved with added compost.
  • Take note of autumn trees, shrubs and vines that colour well near you.

You’ll find more than 50 gardening projects this month, including renovating gardenias and sorting through old seed packs to save the healthy seeds, in the March 2021 issue of ABC Gardening Australia magazine, out now.