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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