Whilst spring might not have made a great start this year with some rather inclement weather descending on us, things might just be starting to look up. The unusually cold spell, frequent snow showers and heavy rains appear to be over, at least for the moment as you can never be certain with the great British weather. The days are starting to get just a little bit warmer too.
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With the delicate blooming snowdrops, brightly coloured crocus and majestic daffodils pushing their way up from the earth to proudly show of their flowers, it’s time to start thinking about some springtime gardening.
Whilst the weather may still not be great for planting outside, now is a great time to start some seedlings off inside that you will be able to plant in the garden when it gets a little warmer. During the first lockdown many people planted vegetable seeds for the first time with great success, so why not join them? Tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergines and even chillis (to name just a few) can be potted up inside the house wherewith a little gentle watering and some of that early spring sunshine they will thrive.
By the time the weather is better, you will, hopefully, have plenty of sturdy seedlings that you will be able to plant into a greenhouse or cold frame. If you want a garden that is purely flowers then sweetpeas are great for starting off at the moment, and great use of all those toilet roll tubes we have accumulated during lockdown!
Whilst it is true that it might be a little damp, and cold, in the garden at the moment, fresh air is incredibly beneficial, particularly to mental health which has taken a knock during the lockdown, so wrap up warmly and get out there. There is plenty of preparation work that you can start on your garden now that will ensure it is ready for the warmer weather ahead when you can look forward to planting your seedlings out.
Clear your borders of weeds, trim back any plants that need a bit of a prune and give the soil a dig over. It will be damp and heavy at the moment, but this will really help to prepare it for new plants.
Dust off your Garden Furniture
Pretty soon it will be the perfect weather to be able to sit out in your garden and enjoy the beautiful flowers that will really signal that Spring has finally arrived. Whilst in the UK this may mean sitting out with a warm drink, you will still need somewhere nice to sit. If you are already seating in your garden, then now is the time to give it a little TLC and get it looking perfect. This may mean simply giving it a good wash with soapy water, or if you have wooden furniture then sanding it and giving it a new coat of wood treatment. Of course, if your garden furniture is looking a little the worse for wear, or if you haven’t got any furniture for your garden then you will probably want to start looking around for something new, such as garden furniture from Lazy Susan.
Consider how much space you have; how many people might want to sit in your garden and of course whether you want seating or a table as well. There is some fantastic garden furniture out there that is not only beautiful but very durable against the elements; an ideal choice for any garden that is subjected to what the great British weather has to throw at it.
Have you started getting your garden ready for Spring?
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Interesting. We have been to the garden centres near by and got some grow bags, fertiliser and some white double Petunias ready for tubs and hanging baskets. Soon be putting seeds in trays to grow. Lots of bulbs growing nicely in the garden. Planted lots of Allium bulbs in the autumn, love them.
Kim White says
I’m not at all green fingered although I have managed to keep an orchid alive and blooming every year in the house but think it’s just down to luck.
Susan B says
Only have a tiny bit of grass but lots of large pots on an equally tiny patio which I love to tend. I haven’t tried seeds for many years but I am very tempted to have another go this year as it is so satisfying seeing them sprout and grow. These days, I choose plants that support wildlife.
I’m not much of a gardener but it is interesting that in lockdown I started planting flowers and herbs and veges. I think there’s something about feeling in control of something, in doing something productive and being outdoors in the sunshine. #KCACOLS
This past year has made me interested in gardening more than before. This is an interesting read. #KCACOLS
I’m not good at gardening, but I have been buying lots of plants during this lockdown. Cheers for the tips! #KCACOLS
Ooh you’ve inspired me to get out and start sorting out our garden – it’s such a mess! #KCACOLS
Katrina | ChatterFox says
We’ve got plans to lay a small patio area at the bottom of our garden to make the most of the sun. I’m thinking fairy lights, comfortable furniture and a firepit for toasting marshmallows. We also get bats flying across our garden so it’ll be nice to have a cosy spot to sit and watch them.
Our garden is looking sad. It’s definitely ready to shed it’s winter coat and get ready for Spring! #KCACOLS
Kelly Anne Combes says
We are slowly but surely making changes to our garden, we want to try and make some bigger changes this time year. My mum has been furloughed and has taken a lot of time spent in her garden, she believes it has been therapeutic.
I really need to up my garden game this year as I want the family to get the most out of the spring and summer. Especially this year to entertain and have lot’s of play dates when the restrictions have been dropped xx #KCACOLS
Charlotte Stein says
I have started some seedlings off as I’m determined to get planting this year! #KCACOLS
Crummy Mummy says
A lockdown silver lining for us is that we’ve been able to spend more time on our allotment than usual – love the spring bulbs coming through now! #KCACOLS
Tracy Higgs says
Bought new sun loungers whilst food shopping today, the garden really needs a tidy up now, can’t wait to be able to sit out there.
With spring officially arriving this week now is the perfect time to sort out the garden: plant some herbs, sow some seeds, cut the grass, pull out the weeds and get some much-needed fresh air.