Saturday, 4 March 2017

March in the Australian garden

Jobs to do this month
Stop weeds from seeding by pulling them out, smothering them with mulch or spraying with low-toxic weedicide. Feed soil with rich organic matter and some blood and bone.

Flowers and Shrubs

Plant perennials and evergreens. Prune hedge plants. Prepare bulb beds by digging in old compost and some bulb fertiliser. Sow sweet peas next to a sunny fence on St Patrick’s Day (17 March). Take leaf cuttings of African violets and begonias. Deadhead flowering shrubs and prune if necessary.

Fruit trees and vegetables

Turn green manure crops before they start to flower. After harvest, cut back long unwanted shoots on deciduous fruit trees. Remove crowded growth and open up the centre of the tree.


Thicken up tired lawns with a quality lawn repair packs or fast-germinating grass blend. Apply slow acting organic fertiliser. Spray lawn grubs with Baythroid which won’t harm earthworms.

What to sow this month

Ageratum, alyssum, calendula, Canterbury bells, cineraria, corn flower, cyclamen, delphinium, dianthus, hollyhock, honesty, impatiens, liniaria, lobelia, marigold, nigella, pansy, polyanthus, primulas Poppy Iceland, portulaca, saponaria, snapdragon, stock, strawflower, sunflower, sweet pea, verbena, wallflower.

Beans, beetroot, broad beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower,  Chinese cabbage, cucumber, eggplant, endive, kohlrabi, leek, lettuce, mustard, onion, parsnip, peas, potato, radish, shallots, spinach, silver beet, spring onion, tomatoes, turnip, zucchini

Dill, oregano, rosemary, marjoram, thyme, Italian parsley and coriander

Birth flowers for March
Traditional - Daffodils

Rebirth, new beginnings, respect, regard and unrequited love.

Daffodils,  one of the oldest plants in recorded history, originated within the Mediterranean region and were cultivated by both the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Avoid taking a single flower into the house as it will bring bad luck so always have a bunch to ensure happiness.

Australian - Native rhododendron
(Rhododendron lochiae)

Red, funnel-shaped flowers and glossy dark green leaves.

Comes from a very small area of north-east Queensland so must have part shade and shelter.

 Quote of the month

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower”  Albert Camus