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Spring Gardening Tips

Looking After Your Garden in Spring

 

JOBS FOR FEBRUARY

• Erect a cold frame, polytunnel or greenhouse.
• Sow your tomatoes indoors.
• Plant soft fruit bushes.
• Plant garlic in the ground before the end of the month.
• Get your nesting box up and ready. There are great varieties now that come complete with a camera that links up to your TV so that you can check in to ‘nest cam’ and see what’s going on inside!
• Try adding some edges to your lawn to prepare for the season ahead.
• Sort out your seeds now by sowing date, month by month.

JOBS FOR MARCH

• Prepare your beds for sowing by raking over when the soil is dry enough.
• Plant your first early potatoes later on in the month.
• Keep on top of your weeding.
• Deadhead daffodils as the flowers finish and then let them die back naturally.
• Keep an eye out for slugs as the weather gets warmer. You can use nematodes for effective organic control.
• Top dress your containers with a fresh layer of compost.

Have A Go!

Have you ever grown your own garlic? Break the bulbs into individual cloves and plant them, pointed-end sticking up so that the tip is just covered in soil. Make sure you space them 15cm apart in a sunny spot with rows that are 30cm apart. They prefer well-drained soil so check this before you commit to your position.

TOP TIP!

If you don’t know what type of soil you have in your garden then invest in a soil testing kit to make sure you pick the right plants for your garden this year.

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