“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”
– Robin Williams
March sees the beginning of spring and the true start of the 2017 gardening season. Here at Suttons we’ve been working hard to make sure that we have plenty of new and exciting products to inspire you into making this your best gardening year yet. After attending the annual Garden Press event in London, February 2017, the Mulberry bush sold out in just five days! More will be ready for despatch in September but they’ll soon sell out again so only the early birds will get the mulberry bush!
Our top ten recommended tasks this month include:
- Sow, sow, sow! March is prime seed sowing time so make sure you’ve got the seeds you want, plenty of seed trays and compost and then get started
- To ensure that the plants retain their colour both dogwood and willow can be cut back now.
- Plant up any over-wintered dahlia tubers or treat yourself to some new ones from the Suttons range
- Deadhead faded daffodil flowers as this will strengthen the bulbs for next year but the leaves should be left for about another 6 weeks
- Browse the Suttons catalogue or visit suttons.co.uk and order your summer plug plants
- Tomatoes can be sown now and kept on a sunny windowsill. For a bumper crop of 75% more fruit consider adding one or more grafted plants to your collection
- Put perennial supports in place, before the plants start growing
- Roses will be starting into growth so give them a good mulch with well-rotted manure or compost
- Plant chitted early potatoes now, either direct in the ground or in large containers, gradually adding more compost as the shoots rise
- For an instant garden face-lift mow the lawn and trim the edges.
Charlotte Russe, our new world exclusive dwarf mulberry bush sold out in the blink of an eye. But fear not you can still get your hands on this amazing variety by pre-ordering for delivery in September.
As well as the Mulberry, we do have other interesting fruit available. The Suttons Finest Fruits’ Collection includes one plant of each of the three varieties detailed below for only £40.00. They are also available to buy separately.
Apple Paradis® Sparkling® – The prosecco apple!
When you bite into it, Sparkling® explodes in your mouth. making it seem more like a ‘sparkling’ apple than a ‘still’ one, some have even likened it to edible Prosecco! Harvest September. Ht. 2.5-3m (8-10’).
Pinkberry Pink Lemonade – Unique colour berries
Bushy, upright-growing plants. The heavy crops of berries mature to a deep rose-pink in August/September. Delicious sweet taste, eaten fresh or cooked. Ht. approx. 1.5m (5’). Supplied in a 1.3 litre pot
Raspberry Yummy – A brand new variety that fruits first year!
Raspberry Yummy is a dwarf and compact variety that is incredibly easy to grow. Producing fruit in the first year you won’t have to wait around to sample the delicious deep red berries that crop throughout summer. Growing to a height of 45cm, it’s ideally suited to a pot or container on the patio and being thornless makes it enjoyable and easy to pick. Supplied in a 12cm pot.
Win a £50 Suttons gift voucher by entering our photo competition for March by showing us how spring is looking in your garden. Send us a photo of your garden for your chance to win the top prize of £50 Suttons gift voucher. 2 runners-up will each receive a £10 gift voucher. Find out more and enter the competition here.
Last year’s tromboncino competition was such a success that we’re repeating it for 2017. Order a pack of tromboncino seeds or plants and you will automatically be eligible to enter the competition to win the Suttons Cup! First you need to grow your tromboncino and then get creative. The Suttons Cup winner will be awarded to the best dressed tromboncino!
In case you missed last month’s blogs you can find them by clicking on any or all of the following titles: