Slowly the garden starts coming to life again, after a few months of dormancy. Buds on the early spring blossom begin to open and the flowering bulbs begin to push through the soil. Spring is approaching!
Although you are tempted to go outside there’s plenty to do indoors to prepare for the season ahead. Outdoors, as the garden comes to life again, it’s time to prune shrubs and climbers, such as Wisteria as well as evergreen hedges.
Now is a good time to give everything a good Spring-clean. Terracotta pots and tools are given their annual wash and window sills are transformed into mini greenhouses, with pots of early sown seeds competing for space.
- Prepare vegetable seed beds, and sow some vegetables under cover
- Chit potato tubers
- Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches
- Net fruit and vegetable crops to keep the birds off
- Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering
- Divide bulbs such as snowdrops, and plant those that need planting ‘in the green’
- Prune Wisteria
- Prune hardy evergreen hedges and renovate overgrown deciduous hedges
- Prune conservatory climbers such as bougainvillea
- Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter, remove dead grass from evergreen grasses
Sources: www.rhs.org.uk / www.houseandgarden.co.uk