Ask the Experts on 0800 669 6325 or Contact us

Mon - Fri 9am-5:30pm Sat 10am-4pm Sun 10am-4pm

Vegetable seeds to sow in March

Choices, choices, there are so many options! What might you like in your salad this summer? What veggies would you like on your plate? Maybe something to add to a smoothie, juice or could it be something to freeze for the winter? With the cost of living going up growing your own is something many of us may consider. Whatever the reasons you want to grow, it should be fun! Get children involved, we all know how much tastier home grown is!

 

Aubergines

March is the time to sow Aubergines, if you have space under glass. There are many varieties so be sure to choose one that will not take up more space than you can allocate. Some are quite spiny too so there are a few things to consider.

 

 

Broad Beans

Broad Beans can be sown directly into the ground up until early May which can be harvested during the summer months.

Beetroot

Beetroot can be sown thinly outdoors, making sure the last frost has passed. 

 

 

Cucumbers

Cucumbers, there are greenhouse and outdoor cucumbers these need to be sown on their sides. There are F1 greenhouse varieties that are parthenocarpic, they do not need pollinating, they also don’t develop seeds. If you were to choose one which has male and female flowers, you would need to remove the male flowers otherwise you would end up with bitter fruit.

Leeks

Leeks can be sown now in cell trays in the greenhouse ready for transplanting in summer. 

 

 

Peppers and Chillies

Peppers and chillies can be sown now in cell trays. They can be germinated in a greenhouse or a sunny windowsill. Some compact varieties of sweet pepper will do well growing on outside on a sunny patio and are very easy to look after. Some have much smaller fruit than the standard bell pepper that we are used to seeing in the supermarket.

 

 

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn, this might be something you haven’t tried growing before, or how about popcorn?! Whichever you choose, make sure you plant them in blocks to aid pollination; and make sure you are not growing one near the other. If popcorn is grown in close proximity to sweetcorn, it will become starchy due to cross-pollination.

 

 

Tomatoes

Tomatoes, who doesn’t like a home-grown tomato! The smell of tomatoes growing in a greenhouse takes me back to my childhood, growing up on my family’s nursery and market garden. We used to grow a variety that sadly is no longer available, Plumpton King.  

 

 

Tomatoes are something for everyone, you don’t need a greenhouse and you don’t need to have the greenest of fingers either to have a fine tasty crop. If you have a greenhouse and have the time to remove side shoots a cordon type is great. Otherwise, a bush type is a good choice if you have a sunny sheltered spot. A hanging basket with trailing tomatoes is also another idea to consider.

The only problem that you will have is how many make it into the kitchen after harvesting! My children eat cherry tomatoes like sweets straight from the plant. That is the sort of nibbling between meals we all can encourage!

 

Related Articles on Gardening Calendar
In Your Garden : What to plant in May

We are well and truly into spring, what a gorgeous time of year. I can’t believe Summer will officially start next month! From mid-May those pesky frosts will have passed so we can relax a little. Do keep an eye on the weather forecast though, in case we get a late frost. Be ready with some newspaper or horticultural fleece. It can be soul destroying to find you have been caught out, seeing all the hard work and love you have put into growing your plants end up on the compost heap!

Read more
In your Garden : What to plant in April

Welcome to Spring! Looking at the forecast for the month ahead, we may well be in for a heatwave! We were treated to some beautiful warm weather in March, then back to the usual typical weather we are used to, digging out our winter coats once again! So, fingers crossed!!

Read more
In Your Garden : March

When I was writing last month’s blog, I had hoped we could all get out into our gardens again and start our hands-on gardening year. What a time we have had with the weather! There will be extra jobs to be taken care of now, such as repairing or replacing fences, glazing in the greenhouse may need replacing; you may have needed a tree surgeon too. Devastating for some with the damage caused and the flooding in some areas. Let’s hope March brings a better more settled month. As the weeks pass, we can look forward to those days ahead sitting out in our gardens, enjoying all the hard work we have put in over the winter months.

Read more
In Your Garden : February

We have had some cold frosty days of late, the gardener within is longing to get out into the garden and get started! 

Read more
In Your Garden : January

Here we are in a brand-new year! We have had a funny old start with the weather not being as we’d expect, milder days have been very welcome though to lift our spirits.

Read more
November : Gardening Calendar

One of the great things about keeping a diary is that you can learn from it and this is especially true with a gardening diary. Varieties, sowing/planting dates, soil and weather conditions, pest and disease control, temperatures and rainfall, all can provide useful information to plan your gardening year for 2022.

Read more
October : Gardening Calendar

Autumn is with us and let’s hope the good weather continues, to raise our spirits and shorten the winter!

Read more
Share on Facebook Share on Linkedin
Search engine powered by ElasticSuite
How big is your Garden?
Draw around your lawn on the map to find the most suitable products.
Zoom in on your property. Click or tap to draw a path around your garden to measure the area.