(Spring) Cleaning Now – Prepare Your Summer Bedding
Weed, Weed, Weed!
Although the summer solstice is about to descend on us, now is the time to finish spring cleaning your gardening. The beginning of spring is definitely the right time to spring clean one’s house, our gardens have a self cleansing mechanism during that period. Through the winter very few weeds manage to germinate, and the frosts help to kill off the annual weeds from yesteryear. But now at the end of spring its time for a clear up. If you leave those small weeds emerging between your recently planted bedding or your evolving gladioli bulbs, you can forget about your summer display.
Remove Dying Spring Flower Foliage
Similarly its time to remove the unsightly dying foliage from late daffodils and tulips. How long do they need to stay in your beds to recuperate to ensure quality bulbs for next year? Is six weeks not enough? The NHS would not allow them to take up a bed for so long!
Add a Sprinkling of Compost
After clearing the spring flowers add a bit of extra compost and begin to refill the beds with some quality bedding plants for a summer display. My wife chose New Guinea Impatiens they are resilient to rain like nothing else . Even after days of torrential rain that we have been experiencing recently in Mancheser they stay in flower with more buds opening daily. We had visitors coming and we wanted the garden to look right so we couldn’t wait for the plugs in the greenhouse to reach flowering size so we were forced to do a very novice-gardener practice and we went down to the garden centre and actually bought plants that were already in full flower. (what we don’t do to show off!)
Top Tip When Planting Full Size Plants from the Garden Centre
One of the problems with planting full size plants is that their root ball is already quite set and does not easily interact with the new soil leaving the plant to dry out very quickly . To get around this problem, before planting each plant after removing the plant from its pot, I put the the original empty pot in the planting hole and filled it with water which drained into the planting whole, I then teased away as many roots as I could from the vigorous root ball, this will encourage the roots to trek out of their circle and search further afield in the moist soil around them. I added a bit of extra compost in the planting hole and then planted the flowering plant . The display looked gorgeous and got a full thumbs up from our visitors, (with so little effort).
Good Gardening to you all,