Are you unsure what to do to your garden this month?
1 – Begin by tidying borders and beds, removing weeds and sweeping up leaves and debris. Collect this up as this can be composted. Cut back all old dead growth. Dig in compost and well rotted manure in to your soil.
2 – Find a space suitable for making a compost area. Put in all your leaves ready for them to rot down so that you begin to make your own compost. I plan to build a compost pile at the top end of our garden this month, using some old planks of wood which have broken off the rotting shed to make the edges of the compost pile. Ideally, as well as garden waste you want to have a good mixture of grass clippings, vegetable peelings and woody prunings.
3 – Sweep out your greenhouse (if you have one) and get it ready for when it is going to be full of seedlings and cuttings. You will need all the glass washed inside to kill any lurking bugs and pests. Sweep in all the nooks and crannies where bugs like to lurk over winter, using a stiff brush, then washing with hot soapy water with a bit of disinfectant in it (try Jeyes Fluid). Cleaning the greenhouse will also help to maximise light in to the Greenhouse.
4 – Order seeds ASAP for planting from now on , as seed packets dictate . Ready to plant up in greenhouse trays. Summer flowering bulbs such as Lilies or Ranunculus will provide a bright and cheery, floral display.
5 – Remove garden pests. Look for slugs, snails and aphids. When emptying out last years summer bedding pots, check the compost for signs of vine weevils. Use chemicals recommend by your local garden centre to destroy these.
6- Is your fencing damaged or in need of repair? With the recent blustery winds we’ve had, we’ve needed to mend some of our fences and now is a good time to do this. Treat your wooden garden structures, such as trellis with a wood preservative.
7 – Sit down with a cup of tea and make a plan or layout of how the garden is going to look, bearing in mind where there are sunny and shady places. What are the areas which you don’t feel work currently? Where would you like to plant new flowers or shrubs? Is there a space where you’d like to place a pergola? Think about the projects you’d like to do and then review your budget / your diary to see when you will commit to doing them. Remember small steps all give great satisfaction!