Now is the time to top up your borders with herbaceous plants. The joy of planting now is that you will have a nice pot full of foliage which will then establish very quickly and have a whole spring, summer and autumn to become big and beautiful in your gardens. We are planting our Blue Border in early April, a job we are really looking forward to.
Keep pricking out and potting on your seedlings. For your vegetables and bedding plants, you are looking for a healthy clump of foliage with the roots just popping out of the bottom of the pot at the end of May. If the plants become too pot-bound they will flower early, be stunted and not establish well.
Keep those weeds down in your vegetable plots and borders; if you lose the battle early, it is very difficult to sway things in your favour as the year goes on.
Plant your sweet peas out and give them a handful of fertiliser to help them establish and grow strongly. We will be planting our fifty cutting sweet peas out in early April. When they’re in bloom, I would love to know your personal favourite.
Given the mild winter, tulips are early and a little shorter than usual. Nevertheless, it is worth going to gardens which grow a good selection so that you can see the bulbs in the flesh. Make a note of your favourites otherwise you will forget when those bulb catalogues come through the post. We are trialling sixty different late flowering tulips; again, I would love to hear your favourites.