Having been so inspired by the spring blooms, we have put together some ideas for you to get out in the garden…
Now the cold has lifted (we think/hope so!), it’s a good time to start with the basics. Mow your lawn on a dry day and then it can start growing thicker and stronger. If it requires some new growth, sow grass seed so it’s ready for when summer rolls round.
To add definition and colour to your garden, have a look at your flower beds. Have a clear out of your weeds, turn over the soil so it’s looking fresher and is easier to work with. Flower shrubs are easy when you want to add impact and interest. For pretty flowers, try Weigela, Rhododendron or Viburnum, or perhaps Forsythia for a sunny welcome.
Planters create such a lovely finishing touch to garden, and you can really have some fun with what you use to hold your flowers and pretty plants. You could try something like this vintage, bicycle-inspired holder which is delicate and girlie. Upcycle your old wellies, vintage kitchenalia such as colanders, glass bottles and teapots, or wooden crates to use as your planters. Create an exciting display with a mixture of holders that you may not necessarily expect!
Experiment with colour when picking your flowers. If it's lots of colour you want, try Sweet Peas, Marigolds, Fuchsias and Pansies. Mix them together for more impact and include some greenery such Ivy and Hostas to make a full display.
For keen cooks in particular, having an edible garden is a must! Herbs are easy to plant and grow, and then they are at your disposal for when you rustle up something yummy. If you haven’t got lots of space, pick ones that you use the most so you are making the best use of your herb garden.
For the more adventurous, why not try growing your own vegetables. In April, some of the suitable vegetables to plant and sow are: courgettes, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines, shallots, garlic and asparagus crowns.
Take a look below for a checklist of things to do in the garden this week now that the sun looks like it's here to stay (for a few days at least):
- Thorough clean of patios and terraces, a pressure washer is a handy tool here
- Sow new lawn seed, choosing a mix that suits your needs
- Make sure your lawn is dry before mowing
- Group perennials in three, five or seven for maximum effect when planting
- Boost tulips by sprinkling fertiliser to boost flowering
- Sow hardy annual flowers directly into beds where you'd like them to bloom
- Pick off dead flower heads from spring bulbs
- Protect emerging shoots from slugs and snails
- Repot any top-heavy or pot-bound houseplants
- Young plants will require feeding after fresh compost
- Pot up seedlings and rooted cuttings
We hope this has inspired to get outside this Spring.