There is a likely chance of frost this month, and more than an expectation of rain, so this is not a planting time of the year. If you want to plant something, there is a risk of losing precious seedlings, and anything that does shoot above ground is likely to rot in the ground.
Last year was an especially bad spring and the climate and conditions do not look much different this year.
Love your garden tools
But March remains a very productive time to be outdoors. Tools that have been stored over winter should be checked, repaired and sharpened, and if you have drawn up a planting grid for your allotment or plot, it is a good time to order seeds and prepare the ground – should you think it will stay dry enough!
Outside spaces and furniture can look tired after a period of rain, so put the pressure washer to good use and clean patios and walls. Just this job alone will brighten up your space and make you more inclined to be outdoors.
There are many products you can use to clean wooden furniture and window fascias. But soda crystals dissolved in very hot water are a good place to start. And if you are painting fences or sheds, you are no longer limited to bright white or teak stain, heritage colours can transform the look of your garden for very little effort.
The nights are starting to draw out so make the most of the extra daylight, and apply a little love to your outside space.
Three signs that Spring is on the way
- In the west country, daffodils are the obvious signs that winter days are done. Snowdrops are hard to spot unless you grow them at home, but the stark, yellow blooms never fail to stand out in fields and hedges.
- It is still a little early for catkins, but pussy willow can be found in many laneways. And the first signs of new growth are appearing as small buds on hazel, berry and beech branches.
- If you are lucky enough to be awake early in the morning without a cacophony of family noise to call you, the dawn chorus is getting stronger and new hatchlings will soon add their voices to the song.