March is a great time to get out in the garden as the weather allows, which hasn't been much lately! However, now is a good time to consider planting bulbs and tubers such as dahlia, gladioli, lillies and ranunculus, ready for a great show later in the season. There is a wide selection in store now.
As a rule, bulbs should be planted to a depth equal to twice their height. e.g. a 2cm tall bulb should be planted approx 6cm deep. Plant bulbs directly into well prepared and well drained soil, or use a pot or tub. Planting bulbs in groups of three or more will add impact when they flower. Always plant bulbs with their 'nose' or 'shoot' facing upwards and keep a space between them of a bulb width.
Tubers should be planted direct once the risk of frost is past, or else plant in pots where they can be kept frost free. Plant in good quality compost mixed with garden soil. Keeping pots in a warm greenhouse will encourage early growth.
Keep bulbs moist, but not overwatered as plants are actively growing. At this time, feeding with tomorite weekly will encourage healthier plants and better blooms.
As shoots appear, watch for hungry slugs and snails.
Enjoy the prep for a beautiful colourful garden.