Spring Garden Tips 2024

When we increase the number and beauty of gardens...

we increase the number and beauty of heavens too!

The spring is almost here. Now's the time to step outside again and give a hand to the garden. The garden is the place where all our daily stresses can rapidly leave us and any garden be transformed into a place of beauty, hermitage and solitude.

  • While many seeds, bulbs, plants and trees are slowly waking up, it's  now a good time to do any landscaping work, laying paths or decking, re-shaping the vegetable patch, building the pavilion or even constructing or cleaning the garden pond. in a few weeks the garden will be exploding with life  and birds starting to nest, so do the heavy work and any construction work in the upcoming weeks.
  • Prepare the beds for direct planting or sowing by weeding, feeding/mulching and raking.
  • Set up a greenhouse or cold frame, to get things growing early, and protect plants from late frost.
  • Check the outdoor planting containers are regularly watered, particularly those sheltered by house porches.
  • Ventilate the glasshouse/conservatory on mild February days to prevent fungal and wood rot problems.
  • Consider moving or replacing damaged, overgrown or wrongly located shrubs.
  • Visit the local garden centre and stock up on plant pots, peat free compost and organic fertiliser for a good spring start.
  • Its possible to plant seeds such as Basil, Sage & Thyme now in pots on south or west facing windows for an early start. Full guide to planting your seeds successfully will be here in the next week.
  • February is a good time to prune hardy evergreen hedges and cut back the wisteria if it's getting out of control.
  •  February/early March are the best months to get the bulbs in the ground, its fine active meditative work, which will give us a profusion of flowers in the Summer and Autumn. Anemone, Gladiolis, Lillies all give great colour and give the garden a deeper character.
  • February is the last chance to prune apple and pear trees for a bigger, healthier fruit yield. Pruning apple and pear trees after mid march can seriously damage the tree.
  • &  don't forget to keep the bird feeders/baths well filled and clean.

Peter Carvello

January 2024