In The Garden

holding seedlings ready for planting

Get Ready For Spring

Spring is coming so it’s time to dust off your gardening gloves and get back into the garden. If you want a fabulous spring and summer garden, there are some jobs you need to do in preparation.

Weeding

Pull weeds now while the ground is still soft from winter – do it before they have chance to seed and spread themselves around.

Enrich your soil

Enrich your soil with compost and organic matter such as rotted chicken or cow manure. Dig it through to the depth of your space to get it right into the topsoil. This is also a great time to aerate and apply fertiliser to your lawn, so it will provide the burst of nutrients it needs for the growing phase.

Prune

Prune any dormant plants, especially rose bushes – always prune at a 45-degree angle to help the plant to heal better and limit the risk of pests or disease.

Also, cut back any plants that are getting too big for their space, as this will free them up for fresh growth.

Plan for new plants

Plan for any new planting and work out the best spot for each plant (take a look at your local garden centre to see what they have). Take into account how big it will grow so it doesn’t take over.

Start planting annuals such as Petunias, Marigolds and Vincas for instant colour, and herbs such as parsley, mint, basil, coriander and oregano.

Weeding

Pull weeds now while the ground is still soft from winter – do it before they have chance to seed and spread themselves around.

Mulch

Mulching now will help to retain soil moisture as well as breaking down to improve the soil and supress weeds.