As we slowly come out of the cold winter slumber I’ll be stepping out in to our back garden and beginning to tackle this lovely but huge green space. It’s one of the main reasons we bought the house and whilst we’ve been encouraged by many to sell the land and build on it, we want to enjoy the garden and look after it.
When you haven’t been out in your garden for a few months it can be easy to get daunted and not know where to start, particularly as it’s grey and cold outside. However if you follow my 5 tips below you’ll be making good progress.
- Begin by weeding your borders, remove anything that shouldn’t be there before new shoots and perennials begin to emerge.
- Give your pots a makeover, wipe down their exterior if grubby and then pot up bulbs and put them in your greenhouse if you have one or use a cold frame. A cold frame is a great addition to your garden if you don’t yet have one, you’ll be able to use it throughout the year too. I’ve noticed that even Tesco and Waitrose have begun selling them, a sign they’re becoming more common place.
- If you are planning on growing vegetables then cover the soil in your vegetable beds with black plastic to warm it in readiness for sowing. This will also help to halt weeds.
- Clean out your bird feeders, ensure there is a fresh water supply for birds and top up their food.
- Plant hardy climbers such as clematis (some varieties are more hardy than others so check with your garden centre), Jasmine or trachelospermum-jasminoides (this has delicious scented white flowers).
Now you’ve done all that you can come in, sit down and have a cuppa. Next month they’ll be plenty more to do but if you tackle to above five it’s a great start to ensure your garden looks fabulous in time for Summer.
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