March is the time for sowing seeds

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March is the month for sowing seeds and getting the garden ready for the summer months ahead.

This includes a general tidy up, some essential pruning and getting some colour back into borders and pots. Plant a rainbow of colour to welcome in spring by packing patio pots and filling flower beds with primulas and polyanthus.

These cheerful bedding plants offer great value, flowering their hearts out for weeks on end to brighten your outlook on even the dullest of days.

Deep purple, bright pinks and sunshine yellow are all part of the primula colour spectrum – colours that promote creativity, nurturing and optimism.

Small pot grown plants are available now as Plant of the Moment in garden centres around the UK, making them perfect for creating instant displays in any garden, patio or courtyard or as blocks of colour in beds.

Seed sowing should be at the top of your ‘to do’ list at the moment. Give seeds soil that is wet and warm enough and off they go, and the bigger the seed the deeper it needs to be in the soil to germinate. Experts suggest for March’s gardening ‘to do’ includes preparing seed beds, cutting back winter shrubs, plant lilies at the end of the month and make sure to look after snowdrops.

If you grow your own then now is the time to plant your bare-root fruit trees, containers and cold-stored strawberry runners.