It’s the 1st of April – how did that happen?! While there has been plenty to do in the garden throughout March, things truly start to “ramp up” in my garden now. April is the month when I go into sowing and planting overdrive. To celebrate the first day of this glorious month, here are five firsts, fresh from my garden.
The advice is clear: STAY AT HOME and prevent deaths. Now that we are confined to our homes for all but essential reasons, any of us with a green space of our own should be feeling extremely blessed right now. I know I am.
Tidying the shed is one of those jobs that I’ve been happily putting off until tomorrow, but by clearing and organising my workspace I feel ready for the growing season ahead.
When it comes to pruning, there’s one plant you can be totally brutal with: Buddleja davidii (the butterfly bush). Here’s what to do with it.
What a difference a day makes. The last day of February was cold and squally, while the first day of March brought with it blue skies and sunshine and the promise of more enjoyable gardening to come, 15 minutes at a time.
We moan when there’s too little rain, we moan when there’s too much rain, and right now there’s definitely too much. The lawn is squelchy and the borders unworkable, but there’s still plenty you can do. Here are my top 5 rainy day activities.
Something fabulous is happening in the garden this month. Small but exquisite blooms are bursting from the ground, providing much-needed pollen and nectar for early emerging pollinators. A walk around the garden reveals the wonders that have inspired great poets. I’ll let them do the talking …
It has been an incredibly mild wet winter so far; ideal conditions for the spread of weeds. In my garden, the diminutive but exacerbating hairy bittercress has been spreading unchecked. Find out more about this annual weed and how to control it.
You never know what weather you’re going to get in February, but one thing is for sure, if the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged there is plenty to do in the garden. So shrug off those January blues and get a jump start on the tasks that will prepare your garden for Spring using the #15greenmins checklist.
While daffodils are generally better planted in late autumn, tulip bulbs will still produce a decent display if planted in January. So, if you’ve got some tulip bulbs lurking in a paper bag at the back of the shed, get them in – now!
It’s been a pretty wet autumn so far. Actually, that’s an understatement, the garden is not just rehydrated, it’s sodden. Yet, even through the rainfall and under the darkest of grey clouds, the rich colours of the season are making their mark.
I’m usually pretty good at changing the bedding on the second May bank holiday each year – I’m talking about bedding plants, of course, not my bed sheets (ew!). But I’m playing ‘catch up’ in the garden this year, and I’m pleased to report it’s not too late to get those summer bedding plants in ready for a splurge of colour…