A Garden Lover's Diary - March
Marching into March, a spring in our step
The gardening new year has officially begun, as Gardeners’ World is back on BBC Two. Along with droves of the UK's keenest gardeners, we tuned in to see Monty Don and the team inspiring us to get our boots on and head back out in to our gardens.
With a spring in his step, Monty also announced the programme’s new Every Space Counts competition – and here at BBC Gardeners’ World Live HQ we’re thrilled to be at the centre of it as the winner will be announced as part of the filming at the Show in June!
Every Space Counts
If you’d like to enter, or want to nominate someone, for the Every Space Counts competition, complete the form today. At the Show you’ll also find the BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine editors delving further into the subject at their Every Space Counts Stage as well as an abundance of ideas in the Show Gardens and Beautiful Borders that you can touch, smell and experience.
The art of asparagus
The magical, yet brief, asparagus season is nearly upon us! What better time to pair top growing tips for these tasty spears from gardening expert David Hurrion (host of the Problem Solved! stage) with much-loved Antonio Carluccio's Asparagus and Onion Omelette.
The traditional Easter Bonnet is a representation of the abstinence of lent lifting, and the optimism of spring. Take a look around your garden to see what you can find to create a floral chapeau so that when Easter arrives, you’ll not be just stepping out in Sunday best, you’ll be stepping out in the best of the Sunday best!
Stray off the well-trodden path by giving loved ones chocolate inspired plants instead of sweet treats! Try Rosa ‘Hot Chocolate’ from our Floral Marquee regulars Peter Beales Roses. Alternatively try Chocolate Vine, Dahlia ‘Karma Choc’, Heuchera ‘Chocolate Veil’ or the ever popular Chocolate Cosmos.
In season, spring onions
If you planted spring onions in August or September, the chances are that you’ll be starting to crop them in March. You can sow them direct into the ground now too – so March is a great month for this veg. Get your spring onions off the side lines with this tasty recipe from our friends at bbcgoodfood.com
Plant of the month
Primulas are gems in the early spring garden, and with such variety readily available you can really go to town. They’re fabulous in containers and can be planted out into the garden once they’ve stopped flowering. Try pairing Primula Gold Lace with daffodils and Ophiopogon for a stunning effect.
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