How to do the gardening in Spring

A few gardening tips along the way is always a bonus….

It is probably best to have a clear up before you begin. Tidy up what winter has left, and then begin with a clean, spring feel garden. You can cut back the existing dead growth and if your soil is workable, you could always create a 5cm layer of organic matter, e.g. rotted manure, compost or green waste into garden borders.

Scrub the greenhouse – fresh start
You need to ensure that you aren’t allowing any diseases to attack your new seedlings and cuttings. Therefore you need to give your greenhouse a good wash using a hot solution of disinfectant, make sure you thoroughly clean inside and out because these annoying diseases get into all the nooks and crannies.

You will also need to give your pots and seedling trays a wipe and keep the greenhouse well ventilated, ensuring everything is able to dry out completely.

Whilst you are waiting for your greenhouse to air, you could get into the garden and hunt down the pests which are potentially going to ruin your new growth. It would be the ideal time now to get rid of them, and start as fresh as you can. Taking a closer look is always worth it, you are bound to find the little hibernating pests. Removing them now can save a lot of trouble when it comes to spring/summer.

Preparing the garden may seem like fun to you, I suppose it’s a nice feeling getting ready for the summer, you might be on of these people who use a water butt, and if so (or if you’re new to the water butt world), it’s recommended that you install about now too. Installing now will make the most of the seasonal rainfall we will more than likely experience.  Another part of preparing the garden, and one more gardening tip would be to refresh your gardening tools, rakes, spades, shovels; you will work more effectively in the garden if you’re provided with clean, ready-to-use tools.

Composting is a brilliant way to keep your garden going, maintenance is minimum but results are high. If you do not already have an existing composting area, it’s recommended that you get one and get composting! It is a simple way of helping the environment. You might like to buy a standing plastic composter with a quick, easy assembly but if you’re feeling creative you could build your own from old timber. Another helpful gardening tip would be to rotate your compost pile 1-2 times a month to keep it aerated, encouraging the rotting process.

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