Spring into Action in the Garden this Season

Monday, 07 April 2014

The clocks have gone forward, Easter is almost here, and the sun is finally starting to shine. There’s no doubt that spring is in the air, and as the new season bursts into bloom, avid gardeners are dusting off their trowels and heading outside. Getting the garden ready for summer is rewarding, but it can be hard work if you don't know where to start. If you’re not sure where to begin, our top tips will help you create a patch of land that would make Alan Titchmarsh green with envy.

Tidy up

Not a garden in the land will have come through the winter without getting a little bit messy. Start by giving yours a general top level tidy, moving any fallen branches and emptying out flooded plant pots. Pop on your gloves and pull up any young weeds before they have a chance to get a good foothold, then mulch the ground with compost once you’re done. Now is also the perfect time to clean moss, lichen, and weeds out of your path.

Feed your plants

Your shrubs and climbers will need a lot of energy over the next few months as they prepare to flower. You can buy plant food from any good garden supply shop; just follow the instructions on the pack. After you mow your lawn for the first time, it’s worth giving that a good feed as well. Slow release, high-nitrogen fertiliser is best for keeping it green and well conditioned.

Plant your summer veggies

If you’ve always dreamed of living the organic life and growing your own veg, now is the time to get started. April is the month for planting potatoes, onions, beetroot, broad beans, and salad crops, among others. If you planted crops last year, remember to get rid of them before putting your new seeds into the ground. If you’re adding any expensive plants or planters this year, make sure your home insurance policy covers your garden.

Start your compost pile

Having your own fertiliser will save you money next year, and it’s a good way to get rid of all of those weeds and clippings. Get a good compost bin and keep it in the corner of your garden. Remember to add to it throughout the year, using it as a space to put all of your household food waste, including egg shells and tea bags.

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