January 30th, 2017 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
With the festive season well and truly behind us the weekends start to free up a bit and there is now a much greater chance of getting the time to get out into the garden during daylight hours. For me the need to work off the extra pounds caused by my fondness for pigs in blankets, adds some incentive to start preparing outdoor spaces for the spring.
There are usually plenty of things that can be done, some more enjoyable than others. I find writing a short list and prioritising what needs to be done really helps me to get on with it and prevents me putting off jobs I might not be so keen on.
1. Finish clearing up. Remove any remaining plants and seed heads that were left to provide winter interest and those persistent weeds that have continued to grow in mild weather. Clear fallen leaves from around perennials to prevent them causing the plants to rot.
2. Preparation. If the ground is workable, dig over any remaining free space in beds and borders and add manure, compost or soil improvers where necessary. Also cleaning seed trays, pots and growing spaces for seedlings. Mulch borders before spring bulbs start to emerge. Weather permitting this is also a good time to divide congested clumps of perennials and replant divisions where there are gaps.
3. Planning. A little bit of planning really does go a long way. Review what was successful last year and what areas need improving. Be bold and make a resolution to change those areas that aren’t working for whatever reason. If you haven’t done so already, decide now what you want to grow and order the seeds. Once you have the packets, their growing instructions will help you to plan out your growing season.
It is always easy to find something new in the seed catalogues and those plants that have proved exceptional in previous years become a permanent and often treasured addition to the garden.
Blog by Pim – member of the Johnsons Seeds Team.