Now that we’ve gotten past the winter solstice and the longest day of the year is out of the way, we’re on the homestretch towards warmer weather and more temperate climes. Spring is just around the corner, and with it, the frenetic frenzy of seed-sowing, growing and nurturing the new life springing up in your garden. Here are a few top tips to help you prepare for it.
#1: Tidy up
To get your garden ready for spring, start with a tidy up. It’s out with the old and in with the new, so begin by removing leaves and other debris from your lawn and flower borders, and cutting back any dead growth. Have a go at decluttering and cleaning your greenhouse too, so that by the time you have trays of seedlings and cuttings to go inside, it will be ready to receive them. This should include a wipe down with disinfectant to remove any overwintering pests or diseases surviving from the year prior.
#2: Plant seeds that require a longer season
January and February are also a good time to start sowing the seeds of plants that will need an extended growing season, such as geraniums, antirrhinums, begonias, peppers, and aubergines. These should be placed inside a heated propagator to ensure optimum growth and successful flowering.
#3: Take care of the problem of garden pests
Getting on top of pests during the spring and summer months can sometimes feel like an impossible task, and it’s often much easier and more effective to tackle these problems before the warmer weather arrives. Take the time to inspect the crowns of your perennial plants and try to find any pests that have taken shelter there for the winter. Aphid colonies, slugs, and snails can all be taken care of so that come spring, you’re free from their pesky presence.
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