With spring just around the corner, avid gardeners across the country are looking forward to getting their garden into shape. However, if you’re new to the world of gardening and are wanting to get more involved with the beauty of nature these coming months, here are our top tips to help you prepare!
Sow long-season seeds
Now is the perfect time to begin sowing seeds which require a longer season. This may include flowers such as geraniums, begonias, and snapdragons. You may also wish to plant vegetables such as aubergines and peppers to make the perfect summer salad when the time comes.
By sowing these seeds indoors in January and February, the soil will reach a desired warmth which will allow you to safely move the outdoors when the time comes. This way, your seeds will be well-supported and grow properly into the spring and summer.
Remove garden pests
A general tidy up of your garden is essential, however spend some dedicated time towards removing pests. This will save you a lot of hassle in the spring and summer months when you find that your blooming plants and fully-formed plants are already being eaten away.
Give your plants a close inspection and see if you can find any hibernating pests which may not be visible at first glance. White-wine-weevil larvae are a common problem for many who haven’t yet cleared last year’s summer bedding. They are cream-coloured with a brown head and you will find them living amongst compost.
To get rid of them, we suggest using parasitic nematodes to kill them, or a chemical drench.
Clean gardening tools
Gardening becomes a lot easier when your tools are clean and working to their full potential. Ensure your pruners are sharpened and use hot water and detergent to clean dirty tools – they meal even need a good oil.
You may consider investing in a set of cordless garden tools, which offer more mobility as they often less bulky, and make them easier to clean.
Create a composting station
A compost area will help keep your garden tidy and functional. Designate a specific area in your garden where you can put your compost. There are many compost bins available on the market in various sizes or if you have some spare wood, you may event want to get hands on and build one yourself!
By building a compost heap from your food waste, you will end up with natural and rich compost which can provide great nutrients to your plants.
Maintain gates and fences
Finally, if you really want to give your garden an edge over others, be sure to pay attention to your gating and fencing. By pressure-washing down your fences, replacing broken parts, or fully investing in a revamp, you can really tie your garden together, making it a place you want to spend all your time.