March is an exciting and busy time for the vegetable gardener. Seed sowing can really begin now but always keep an eye on weather conditions and try to plan ahead, far better to follow the weather than the calendar.
Jobs that can be tackled this month, depending on weather conditions:
- Sow early peas in guttering, modules or direct if the soil is warm enough
- Sow chillies and tomatoes, keeping the trays on a warm sunny windowsill indoors
- Plant early potatoes
- Sow sweetcorn into individual pots towards the middle of the month, put them in a greenhouse or place on a sunny windowsill and keep the pots warm
- Sow sweet peas (for their lovely flowers and perfume)
- Plant raspberry canes
- Sow brassicas under cover
- Beetroot can be started early in modules inside the greenhouse, plant seedlings out once conditions are right
- Plant asparagus crowns
- Sow lettuce and radish in a cold frame or under cloches
- Carrots and turnips can be sown outdoors under cloches
- Plant strawberries
Depending on the weather, some of these jobs may not be possible to carry out, but can be tackled another time once conditions are right.