That's it, spring is here.
Rather than wanting to do everything in one month, spread out your seedlings and plantings judiciously to optimize your harvests and conserve your energy throughout the season.
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In March, frosts are still to be feared ...
Start sowing under frame of carrots early, radish, lettuce and spring batavias, leeks fall-winter, cabbage of spring. Prepare the land for your future summer vegetable plantations (tomatoes, eggplants...) by loosening it up and adding a little compost well decomposed on the surface. Sow your tomatoes in a warm place (18 °) and well exposed to light. Plant your potatoes.
Prune the roses and the dry stems of perennials in your flower beds. Sow fragile summer annuals under warm shelter (sagemarigolds zinnia…). Break up the soil with a spade fork. Trim the summer flowering shrubs.
In April, a little more patience ...
Transplant your young tomato plants as soon as they reach 8-10 cm in a larger pot. Take them out in mid-April to toughen them up and prevent them from growing too quickly in their bucket; bring them in at night.
Sow in full ground the chard and the beets early, spinach, the parsnip and carrots summer by protecting them under an anti-insect veil, cabbage fall and winter, lettuce summer, peas grain and mange-tout… Sow the first ones in a bucket and under a frame. courgettes and pumpkins. Continue planting potatoes.
Weed your beds and mulch to prevent the regrowth of unwanted weeds.
Finish pruning shrubs and roses. Start sowing hardy annuals in the ground: worries, centauries, cosmos, rudbeckias and bucket climbers (nasturtium, sweet Pea…). Plant the last perennials.
In May, the excitement!
Sow everywhere: spinach, carrots, beans, turnips... Sow themlettuce heat resistant batavias and green beans, every 15 days for constant and regular production.
Wait until mid-May to plant in the groundcourgettes and pumpkins, eggplants, tomatoes and cucumbers if you live in freezing areas. Watch the weather to cover those who are more cautious with a forcing sail in cold weather.
Sow all your annuals in the ground (cosmos, scabious…). Compose your beds by transplanting the plants started under cover. Sow your perennials. Mulch all the plantations.
June, the first harvests
Spray a mixture of nettle manure and of comfrey manure on your tomato plants every 15 days in June and early July to strengthen their natural defenses.
Mulch between the rows of your flower beds against drying out and to protect auxiliary insects and earthworms.
Continue sowing your vegetables to eat in August. Butcher them potatoes. And already enjoy the first spring vegetables started under shelter: peas, snow peas…
Stake and pinch large perennials. Remove withered flowers from roses as they bloom. Weed and straw. Water their feet if necessary, always avoiding wetting their leaves. Continue regular sowing of green beans, salads, etc.