A note from Malcolmby Malcolm Greenhalgh on 03/28/13
This March has shown the folly of trying to beat the Calender by sowing/planting tender plats too early. Why do local garden centres have plants such as tomatoes and bedding plants for sale so early? Perhaps so that the first lot will die and you will have to buy replacements. A couple of years ago I planted some early potaotes on 21st March and then another batch on the 4th April, and the April lot were ready for harvesting the same time as the early batch.
The problem comes from the TV and radio gardeners and writers who live almost exclusively in the deep south, where they dont get the rainfall and cold of our climate here Up North. So when they say , sow or plant at such a date in spring, give it another fortnight. And beware packets of seed that say "Can be sown in March". They could be sown on midwinters day, too!