Getting going in the garden

March 7th 2017
By: Melanie
Getting going in the garden

If you want you’re St Albans or Harpenden garden looking good this summer March is the time for planting summer bulbs and getting your slugs and snails under control.  If you want to grow some veg its time to plant early potatoes.   
To enhance your boarders this year you could try some summer-flowering bulbs if you don’t have them already you could include things like lilies, gladiolus, and dahlias. Most should be planted at three times the depth of the bulb, but check the recommendations on the packaging when you buy them. Many of these summer bulbs produce a riot of colour to liven up any garden.
If your garden has a bit of a slug and snail problem the way to try and control them is to catch any molluscs early. As the temperature starts to creep upwards the lush new growth is simply irresistible to slugs and snails. Organic slug pellets based on ferric phosphate can be just as effective as ones based on methaldehyde but there are also some biological controls that use microscopic nematodes which are natural predators of slugs. You can buy them from specialist companies via mail order. They need a minimum soil temperature of 5C so the company will only send them out when conditions are right.
Many varieties of potato are planted in April, but early spuds such as ‘Rocket’, should be put in during March. If you’re planning to grow them in pots, use one that’s at least 25cm in diameter and half fill it with one of our Best Buy composts for containers. Bury the potato just below the compost surface. As shoots grow, cover with more compost until the pot is full. Cover the young plants with garden fleece if frosts are forecast.