Wet weather is part and parcel of gardening in the UK. Unfortunately, that means that on more days than we would like the soil turns to mud, the lawn becomes a bog and gardening in the strictest sense of the word becomes pretty near impossible.
But that’s no excuse for sitting indoors moaning about the weather. There are plenty of 15-minute jobs that can be achieved from areas of firmer ground, such as patios, paths or driveways.
Wet-day jobs include:
- Feeding the birds and fish – they’re still hungry whatever the weather (although watch the temperature in your pond and feed accordingly)
- Wiping external window sills (mine seem to be perpetually splattered in mud and leaves at the moment)
- Sweeping up leaves from patios, pathways and other hard surfaces – it makes no difference if the leaves are wet as they’re heading for the compost bin or a mulch bag anyway
- Emptying, cleaning and storing used pots and seed trays – cleaning the keepers and recycling the rest. Check out recycling options near you.
- Cleaning bird feeders (the RSPB have some good tips on this)
- Planting spring bulbs in frost-hardy pots (not too late for tulips!)
All you need is the right clothing. So don your raincoat and wellies, and get out and grow!