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Wednesday 8 March 2023

This Month in your Garden – March

Autumn arrives in the early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.”
Elizabeth Bowen

Out with the hoe. The first colourful signs of spring, the crocuses, primulas and daffodils are inevitably accompanied by the fast growth of weeds in borders. Chopping them with a hoe is a great way to keep them at bay and requires less effort than digging.

The Lawn Care Guide – March

Fix your patch and clear the thatch

Coming out of winter into spring, the lawn can often suffer from bare patches which might have been caused by drought the previous year, dog urine or disease. If the soil is compressed and hard where the patch occurs, scratch the surface with an old knife or a rake to loosen it. Then apply grass seed mixed with some topsoil to the area.

Lawn Care: Questions & Answers

Q. We frequently get mushrooms growing in the lawn. Why is that, and what do we do about them?

The Vegetable Plot – March

Sow here to a bumper crop

The size of your vegetable plot need not restrict the quantity you grow. Old cottage gardeners grew veg between their prize flowers and many people still do today. Containers, hanging baskets, even old guttering are other ways to go. 

March is the month you can start so many vegetable sowings as long as we don’t get freakish weather and more ‘Beasts from the East.’ Even then, you can sow under glass until it’s safe to venture outside again. Asparagus, cucumbers, dwarf French beans, leeks, lettuces, marrows, melons, onions, parsley, peas, rhubarb, seakale and tomatoes are all easy to sow and grow under glass. 

The Big Glut – March

Chicken Florentine with winter greens

Delicious Magazine suggest you can switch the traditional spinach in a chicken florentine to cavolo nero for a winter version of this Italian classic.


  • 2 large chicken breasts, skin on
  • Olive oil to fry
  • 4 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 125ml white wine
  • 80g cavolo nero
  • 250ml chicken stock
  • 150ml double cream
  • 10g parmesan, finely grated
  • Cooked gnocchi, rice or pasta to serve