It’s Time For Plant­ing

My Weekly - - Gardening -

By March it’s all go again, di­vid­ing and mov­ing snow­drops, clean­ing paving, plant­ing bare­rooted roses, di­vid­ing peren­ni­als, cut­ting back dog­woods and sow­ing seeds. In the veg gar­den, David sows broad beans and plants out onion sets, and the first pota­toes go in to­wards the end of the month. ◆ Though all the peren­ni­als were cut down to make way for new growth, I al­ways leave or­na­men­tal grasses un­til March be­fore cut­ting them back. Some can be di­vided now. Th­ese are the cool sea­son grasses, in­clud­ing Ja­panese for­est grass and carex. The warm sea­son grasses – such as mis­cant­hus and pen­nise­tum – should only be di­vided in late spring when they are in ac­tive growth. The finest of all, Stipa gi­gan­tea or golden oat grass, doesn’t like be­ing split so can take a while to re­cover. ◆ I try and get the bor­ders to­tally weed-free be­fore the end of April. Putting on a deep mulch when the soil is moist means that I have lit­tle weed­ing to do for the rest of the sea­son. I like us­ing chipped wood as it lasts a long time and is nice to walk on. Once that’s done the gar­den is all set, just wait­ing for that ex­plo­sion of colour. I’ll be back in spring with lots of in­spi­ra­tion for you to make the most of your gar­den.

Ja­panese For­est Grass Golden Oat Grass

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