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March Garden Page

Spring Equinox is almost upon us and lighter, longer and warmer days herald the time for getting busy in the garden.

Western Isles Garden Already my windowsills are full of seed trays and the greenhouse is beginning to slowly fill with seedlings valiantly shooting upwards. Those that are up are alyssum, carnations, cornflowers, French marigolds, antirrhinum, aster, lobelia, greyhound cabbage and broad beans. Seeds recently sown are leeks, more broad beans and several small trays of lettuce.

I have a few dozen primulas that I divided up last year and I am bringing them on in the greenhouse. I shall get them hardened off this week and hopefully they will begin to make a nice display in the garden the week after.

Herbs that I over wintered in the greenhouse are looking healthy and already big enough to start a wee picking for my salads

I noticed the lovage was shooting up the other day, that is always a good sign of spring for me and the nice thought of more fresh salad and flavourings ready for the picking.

I was fortunate enough to be given a whole load of well-rotted manure, which has gone on to the front garden, which even after three years is still very much, a work in progress. The hard clay soil is now beginning to look much better and I can get a spade deep in or more before hitting hard clay. Each year it gets dug over and compost and manure dug in, which means that I really don’t get a chance to grow many perennials, but one day in the not so distant future it will be good bit of growing ground, and even at its worst it produced a riot of colourful flowers.
Western Isles Garden


March 2008

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like your soil, will grow well

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