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March – with thoughts of spring

March, and gardeners thoughts turn to spring and the joys of rediscovering what there is in the garden. After our strange winter in which daffodils flowered in December and the plum blossom in our hedge was out in January – who knows what spring will be like!
Winter for me is not spent in perusing seed catalogues – I am too impatient for all that pricking out, although I will spend all the time needed to nurse an ailing plant back to full health. I like garden centres where someone else has done the nurturing of small plants and the pricking out business. I love going to gardens where you can buy the plants you have just seen growing. Many is the time my poor long suffering husband has driven home with a forest in the back of the car!
Instead, I like to plan the next year’s project with the very capable help of Arthur, my husband who is the voice of reason and practicality!! In past years, we have redesigned and laid 2 patios; relaid all the paths around the house and redone a large carport with help from our friend Richard. Nothing like hard labour for getting fit!
This year we plan to take down the old summerhouse which houses the garden paraphernalia. We moved it bit by broken bit from its original position the first year we moved here so that we could dig our pond – more of that in future articles. This year it has finally succumbed to the elements and has developed a definite list to one side. Arthur is thinking of ways to build a triangular shed to fill the site – I will give you an update next time……
Meanwhile – here are some jobs which I will be getting on with, weather permitting, remember March can have a sting in its tail and often throws up more winter weather so be patient, spring will come!
Jobs I’ll be doing this March
Repot house plants if needed using pots one size larger than they are in currently and give them fresh compost – must not neglect them in my rush to get out in the garden. They will need regular watering and feeding as required.
The garden centres are getting new stock ready for spring and summer so there is always a space for another shrub/plant/tree! When dry, the lawn will need mowing –set the mower blades higher to start with and lower as the grass starts growing.
Busy days ahead see you all soon.
Guest columnist – Melanie

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