Springtime in the garden

29th March 2017

With the wedding season upon us and spring in the air we are all systems go in the garden. The last month has been a frenzy of seed-sowing, growing and nurturing the garden as it comes to life again.

Over the years we’ve worked out a routine to help us prepare the garden for spring and beyond. Here are a few things we focus on to make springtime in the garden a little less hectic:

Organising summer-flowering bulbs and seeds – plan the colours you’d like to see in your summer garden and these summer-flowering bulbs can be planted in early spring. This year we’re focusing on calla lilies, dahlias and gladiolus.

Preparing flowerbeds and borders – remove debris and cut back old dead growth and add a thin layer of organic matter to empty borders. Don’t dig too deep as you’ll damage the precious ecosystem. If you get on top of weeds now, while the beds are still empty, you will be ahead for the rest of the year.

Spring vegetable planting – Once the soil is free of ice crystals and crumbles easily it is ready for planning. We focus on planting peas, spinach, lettuces and leeks in early spring.

Washing the greenhouse – pests and diseases can infect the greenhouse over the winter so we always give it a thorough wash inside and out with a hot garden disinfectant such as leves fluid.

Tending to fencing and trellises – winter weather puts a strain on trellises and fencing. With less growth to work around and fewer roots to disturb these are easiest to repair in early spring.

Pruning fruit trees – fruit tree pruning is best done in late winter or early spring. Prune well before buds begin to break into bloom or the tree may be stressed resulting in a reduced crop. Pick up and remove the pruned clippings, especially if you intend to cut the grass under the tree during summer.