Your gardening calendar: Top tasks for March!

Our monthly calendar guides focus on what we do: Wildflowers, edible crops and wildlife. Here, we'll take you step-by-step through the most important sowing, growing and nature-friendly tasks for March.

Sowing and growing wildflowers

Go go go!

It's time! A host of wildflowers (both single species and mixes) can be sown during March.

Hardy annuals like cornflowers and field poppies should be fine even if a late frost rears its head after sowing.

Wild blue cornflowers are great wildflowers for beginners, or folk without much time. They grow vigorously, quickly and easily in most sunny spots, can bloom for months, and bees love them.

Try sowing wildflower patches in spare spots around your garden or vegetable patch, to add splashes of colour and valuable 'refueling' stops for pollinating insects.

Our bumper wildflower seed variety pack includes all six of our wildflower varieties - so it's a great option to get your started.

Sowing and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs

There are lots of vegetable and herb seeds you can sow during March, and after the long winter months, you're probably very keen to get going! Just a couple of words of caution:

First, the climate in different parts of the UK can vary dramatically. Gardeners in the south of England can often get away with sowing seeds outside/in an unheated greenhouse two or three weeks earlier than those in the north of Scotland.

Second, beware spring frosts! If you sow too early and the seeds germinate during a warm patch, they are then at risk of getting killed off by a flash frost. So if in doubt, err on the side of caution, wait a couple of weeks and keep checking your local weather forecast.

Sowing and growing outdoors

With all that in mind , radishes and rainbow chard are both salad crops that can be sown directly into the ground during March.

Although many people sow borage as a wildflower for bees, it is actually a herb. Its leaves, stalks and flowers are all edible - and the flowers make very pretty ice cubes to pop into summer drinks.

If March is mild (and looks likely to remain so), borage can be sown directly into the ground as well. Here's how to do it. If in any doubt though, it's fine to wait until April.