March the first month of spring and the garden is starting to come alive. March is all about the colour of spring bulbs. In flower are crocus, daffodils, scented Narcissus, Fritillaria meleagris ' snakes head fritillary', and the delicate Erythronium.
Gardening calendars are only a guide because so much depends on the weather in March, sometimes it can be quite spring like, other times cold and frosty. This will in turn affect how much the soil has warmed up.
Books and magazines are always full of ideas for plants to buy and plant out in March, but in many parts of the country March can be a cold month with frosts, be wary of planting out frost tender plants (check out 'frost tender') unless you have time, (and energy) to cover with fleece and cloches, and remember to do so otherwise one frost can do a lot of damage.
Still there are warmer days and with the increasing light levels it is a good time to start sowing seeds for later in the year.
Ideas and tips on germinating from seed and also a video with advice on how to sow and germinate from seed successfully.
Tip of the month: As the soil warms up so do the slugs. Emerging are the delicate shoots of the herbaceous plants, such as Hosta, Delphinium and lupins which are just the tastiest snack for a slug. Start protecting the plants; tips on how to beat the slugs