Gardening calendar March 2021
Autumn in Perth is like a second spring, and March is the ideal time to plant almost anything, including new shrubs, trees, ground covers, fruit & citrus, seeds for cool-season veggies and bulbs for a beautiful spring show. Feed the whole garden as warmth and moisture to make plants leap into growth and flower is readily available. Use a broad-spectrum, organic-based plant food like Baileys Soil Matters Garden. Happy Gardening!
Flowers & Ornaments
- Time to plant spring flowering bulbs for the most miraculous flower show in town. Tulips and hyacinths need to go into the fridge for cold conditioning over 4 to 6 weeks. Place in paper bags in the vegetable crisper certainly not the freezer as this will likely kill the bulbs.
- One idea is to plant your bulbs then over plant these with pansy viola or alyssum to give you colour in winter before the bulbs show their heads.
- Sow seed of spring flowering bedding plants such as cineraria lobelia, pansy and perfumed stocks. If growing in pots or tubs, choose Baileys Premium Potting mix. If you are planting in the garden then amend the soil with generous quantities of Baileys Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus.
Vegetables & Herbs
- Vegetable gardening makes good economic sense through autumn and winter as rain provides free water. This is a good time to clean up the vegetable patch get rid of vegie trash and prepare soil for the new seasons plantings. Add a 5 cm thick layer of composted Soil Improver Plus and dig in to a depth of 20cm.
kale, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are all members of the Brassica
family and can be planted now, read our blog on How to Grow Brassicas in Western Australia.
- In the southern half of Australia plant potatoes, artichokes and all members of the onion tribe including chive, onion, garlic, shallot, spring onion and leek. Also broad beans, sugar snap peas, silver beet, beetroot, radish, mustard, French beans, turnips and lettuce can go in now. Amend the soil with generous quantities of Baileys Clay & Compost (for sandy soils) or Soil Improver Plus.
- Plant out sweet pea seeds for a wall of fragrance and winter colour. If going into clay soils sprinkle a dusting of garden lime to sweeten up the soil. Also remember to construct a substantial supporting frame.
- Take cuttings of herbs these are generally easier than growing from seed and varieties such as basil, sage, thyme mint and oregano are generally very successful. Lemon grass can be divided.
For many of us over the past 12 months, our homes became the workplace, playground and sanctuary rolled into one so we've put together a list of our top 5 indoor plants for a little 2021 plantspiration, read our blog on 2021 Plant trends.
Vegetable & Herbs
- Keep feeding and watering runner beans and peas with Baileys Soil Matters Garden, harvest regularly to get the maximum crop. Once finished cut the plant to the ground but leave the nitrogen rich root system to improve the soil.
Feed chillies and capsicum with an organic-based fertiliser like Baileys Soil Matters Garden
, a small handful once a month is perfect, water in immediately.
Pruning, Maintenance & Harvest
Flowers & Ornaments
- Roses can be given a trim now taking as much of 1/3 of growth off. One of the easiest ways of pruning bush or shrub roses is called ''a half by a half by a pencil''. Start by working out the halfway point between the base of the bush and the tallest growth, read more on Growing Radiant Roses in WA.