Early March is a good time to sow chillies and peppers. They can be slow to germinate and to get a good crop of fruit, you need big, bushy plants which take time to grow. Sow them thinly in a seed tray and put somewhere warm and light once they’ve been watered.
2. Prune late-flowering clematis
Late-flowering clematis flower on new wood and so are best pruned in February or March. By pruning them now, you won’t end up with all the flowers being produced at the top of the plant and nothing but bare stems lower down. Cut the plant right down to the ground to the lowest pair of buds, even if the stems have already started to shoot.
3. Chit potatoes
If you want a really good harvest of new potatoes, it’s worth setting them to chit now. Simply empty the tubers into a seed tray and place somewhere cool and light. Short, green stubby shoots will start to appear in a matter of weeks, giving you a head start when you come to plant.
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