Preparing Your Garden For The Warmer Months

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As spring starts to lurk around the corner, a lot of gardeners are starting to crawl out from their hibernation and are getting ready to have their space blossom once again. Of course, there are some hardened gardeners who have been working through the winter and beginners who have been preparing for this time of year to arrive to get started. So, here are some ideas for helping you get moving into the garden for springtime.

Tidying Up

The first thing that we all have to with our garden at this time of year is get tidying. The winter months can cause all sorts of destruction and the wildlife that exists within our green spaces contribute to that chaos as well. There isn’t much value in starting to get your plants out in the garden just yet, especially if there are all sorts of obstructions to their growth. Now, the organised of you will have set yourself up nicely for the spring by having an end of autumn tidy already. But don’t worry yourself if you haven’t prepared in advance, all that means is that you will be doing a little bit more work.

Some of the tasks that you are going to need to do as part of your spring clean are as follows:

  • Remove Dead Plants – These plants are not going to return and the ones that are supposed to self-seed will already have done their job

 

  • Cut Back Wood Stems – Some of your annual flora will only bloom on new branches so you will need to take out the wood stems with some careful cutting

 

  • Weeding and Composting – Now is the time to don your garden gloves and get pulling the weeds out of the ground and rotate your composting.

The aim of the game at this time of year is to prepare your garden for the next few months and doing that will feel like a significant accomplishment within itself.

Planting

Once you are confident that your garden is as ready as it is going to be for the warmer months, it is time to turn your hand to this year’s plants. You should already have some of the self-seeders that will have started off your process while you were comfortable indoors, but you might want to look at some of the broader options open to you and ask yourself what you want from your garden?

 

Beauty

 

For some gardeners, the aim is to get the garden to look as nice as possible through plants, bushes and trees. The idea is to utilise your green fingers to make sure you are utilising the space you have outside so that you look out and see a broad range of colours, shapes and styles. To achieve this you are going to need to think long and hard about what kind of flowers you are interested in nurturing. There are some that will just grow with some small care like if you were to scatter wildflower seeds, whereas other plants need more attention.

  • Low Attention –  Lantana, Coleus, Geraniums & Sweet Potato Vines.

 

  • High Attention – Lupins, Petunia, Lilies & Gladioli.

Find yourself a balance of these types of plants so that you have the best of both worlds, the plant that you have nurtured and the one you can trust to just exist in all its glory.

 

Production

 

While so gardeners are just looking for beauty, others are interested in turning their green space into a more practical feature. What this tends to mean is growing fruits and vegetables – a task that can be incredibly fulfilling but also remarkably frustrating. The benefits you get from growing your own produce is going to depend on the level of gardening you’re bringing to the table. There are, of course, easier crops to grow and if you are a beginner then you should take the time to familiarise yourself with these. The hardened professional however will now be looking to the challenges that have eluded them for the past few years.

Here are some suggestions:

Fruit

 

  • Easy To Grow – Strawberries, Blueberries, Apples & Raspberries
  • Challenges – Melons & Passion Fruit

Vegetables

  • Easy To Grow – Potatoes, Runner Beans, Spring Onions & Peas

 

  • Challenges – Celery, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato & Artichoke

 

Nurturing

The most important thing to remember, no matter the time of year, is that your garden is going to need nurturing. That might be tidying up the dead plants and rotating the soil or it could be mowing the law and cutting back trees. Whatever you decide to do with your garden, make sure you approach it with care and caution. The end product will be worth it so long as you are willing to dedicate your time to the process.

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