The Garden in March: Initiating Spring
Officially begins spring is not until March 20, but warmer days and early, delicate blossoms bring the garden to new life.
If the hobby gardener itches in the blue sky and the first rays of the sun in his fingers, that is an unerring Signs: gloves on, spades sharpened, there is much to do. After the winter, the plants need above all light, air and fresh nutrients to thrive. Therefore it is now time to fetch plants from the winter quarters, to reclaim soil and even to think about the harvest.
Plants are allowed to breathe again
Moisture under winter protection can lead to decay. Sensitive plants therefore deserve good ventilation as early as possible. Tarpaulins and brushwood are therefore disposed of or neatly stowed away until the next use, as soon as the weather forecast no longer announces frost. In case of doubt, it helps to put cartons over delicate plants in the short term to protect them from impending night frost.
Plants that hibernate in the cellar or on the balcony now need fresh soil. If the bales are rooted through, the plant also belongs in a larger vessel in order to continue to grow. Together with the new soil, fertilizer is suitable for regaining growth and completing plant wellness. Container plants and other plants, which were longer in the warm house, are no longer used to the harsh climate in the garden. They need time to harden and should therefore only be outdoors for a short while. Always extend these times a little before the plants move into their new surroundings.
Those who want to reap must sow now.
This year's vegetable cultivation is now being laid. Early varieties such as eggplant, broccoli or kohlrabi germinate in the pre-culture on the windowsill or in the heated greenhouse. If this is not available, a cold frame fulfills a similar function. Through the glass, the sun warms the underlying soil and creates a climate in which the seed germinates. Carrots, turnips and sweetcorn feel comfortable here. Whenever the seedlings are prepared, the keen vegetable grower learns by looking at the seed calendar or directly at the seeds of the seeds.
If the small shoots are strong enough, they will be piked and put out in the field next month. The ground for this can already be prepared: To do so, first clear the terrain of plant remains from the previous year and then dig it up. Nothing beats the organic fertilization with humus from the own compost. This is now applied and worked under the ground. Alternatively, fertilizer from specialist retailers fulfills this purpose.