The Spring Garden

The spring is such an exciting time for the gardener. sarah_small

 

The weather and the soil are warming up nicely now and the year is so full of promise, leaves appearing, buds breaking, bulbs in full flower and blossom on its way.

There is so much that can be done at this time of year in preparation for the summer months For some a luscious lawn may be a must, for others it is all about growing their own fruit and vegetables, some want a lovely flowering display and use their garden as a social space but don’t feel daunted just pick your own priorities and enjoy a fabulous gardening spring!

lawnWe ask a lot of our lawns. We want them to take a lot of wear and tear and still look good all summer long. Do give your lawn a little TLC now to help it perform throughout the warmer months.

Applying a lawn seed or lawn feed, weed and moss killer such as Evergreen Complete really will pay dividends and need not be a chore. Do follow the instructions on the packaging carefully though.

New lawns can be planted from seed or turf laid in spring and, of course existing lawns need to be mown as required. The height of the blades can be lowered after the first few cuts if desired but generally slightly longer grass better withstands dryer periods.

Of course the spring is a great time to plant trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants and rock plants. You can also plant Dahlia tubers and Gladioli and a host of other summer flowering bulbs. It is fun and rewarding to sow hardy annual flower seeds, such as Calendula and Eschscholzia in the open soil where you want them to flower. Do not sow too thickly and water as required. Avoid planting out tender bedding plants such as Geraniums, Petunias and Fuschias until the last frosts have gone.

There are lots of vegetable crops to sow outside in spring such as beetroot, carrot, cauliflower,sowing kohl rabi, leek, lettuce, parsnip, pea, radish, salad leaves, spinach, summer cabbage, Swiss chard and turnip. Dig a trench and plant out seed potatoes 10cm (4in) deep.

Sow Tomatoes in pots in the greenhouse or on a warm windowsill.  Indoors with gentle heat sow aubergine, cucumber, French bean, pumpkin and squashes, runner bean, and sweet pepper. If you don’t have the space then you can buy vegetable plants to plant out once the frosts have gone.

I have mentioned frost a couple of times. In our area we usually say goodbye to the last frosts by about 10 May. Until then please do be cautious with tender plants and vegetables.

There is plenty of time to plant them out in May for  fabulous summer colour and a plenteous harvest so there is still a great deal to look forward to!

Sarah Squire

Sarah started in the business as a weekender while still at school. After qualifying as a Solicitor she worked with a firm of solicitors and specialised in commercial property before deciding to cease to practice law and and come back into the family business in 1995. Her favourite groups of plants are herbaceous perennials and roses.

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