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Spring is just about here, and it’s such an exciting time of year, drawing us outside to feel the sun on our faces again, and reminding us all just how wonderful our gardens can be. You’ll soon be sowing and growing again, nurturing your garden as it revives in the fresh sunny showers.
To help you get ahead and ensure your outdoor space is healthy and tidy, ready for the joys of spring, we have some tips and tricks for preparing your garden for spring, perfect jobs for the coming weekend.
Something that can be a little extra work, but can wonderfully introduce highlights and points of interest around your garden is to use annuals, tender perennials, and more subtropical-based plants. Pop them in places either where there’s a little bit of a problem spot, or just in areas where you want to add a little interest at different times of the year.
If you don’t have the time to sow and grow them, they are available in garden centres.
Constantly changing and evolving your pots is a great way of livening up a space or adding a bit of fashion to your garden. While gardens don’t need to be fashionable, if you want to be creative and play around with the latest colours, then plant pots are a great way of achieving this.
Have a look at gardening shows to hear about the latest colours, or perhaps you might want to take inspiration from your front room curtains, or a colour scheme within the house. Whatever means you have to seek inspiration from, playing around with pots can bring interest into the garden.
If you didn’t plant any bulbs in the autumn, it’s simple enough to get hold of some bulbs in the green. It doesn’t matter when you plant them, they should be ready to flower in the spring as they’re pre-grown.
Garden centres will still be selling bulbs now, so you can plant some for spring and summer to fill up the little spots and holes to create a bit of interest when and wherever you need it. Of course, once they’re planted, they’ll come back every year.
Whether it’s a box of potatoes in the back garden or a balcony full of herbs, edible plants and flowers are becoming far more popular. At the garden centre, you’ll find herb nurseries with a huge variety of plants.
People are engaging a lot more with what they can grow in the garden or the kitchen, what they can dress a salad with, and we’re looking at slightly more unusual bits to top off our meals. Growing salads is so easy – as long as you give them a little bit of TLC, they’ll keep coming back.
Think how many times we go to the supermarket and buy a bag of salad, only to realise two weeks later we haven’t used it all and it’s all going to mush. Having ‘cut and come-again’ stuff is brilliant.
There is still plenty of time to work the soil, i.e. mulching and getting compost and manure around your plants to make sure they have a good feed throughout the year. It’s something that can be taken for granted, but you will certainly get back the work that you put in.
People tend to go to the gym more in spring, with a new sense of vitality for a New Year’s resolution, or to get fit for the summer. It would be nice to see people using their gardens for mental and physical wellbeing and being more mindful about it. There are such fantastic mental health benefits to gardening that we’re well aware of – tell your friends how good the garden is for you!
It’s a good idea to garden more with habitat in mind, take a step back and leave some slightly untidy areas, and allow some of the garden to have a life of its own, and enjoy nature’s gifts.
If you’re looking for a plant nursery in Chippenham, come visit us today.