How to prepare your garden for spring
It’s freezing cold. It’s going to snow today. You’re all wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa. And you’ve just put the kettle on. But, no excuses – spring is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to prepare for it. Here are the things you need to consider to make sure your plants are in tip-top condition when spring finally arrives.
Neat and tidy
First thing’s first: let’s have a good old tidy-up. Disinfect and wash down your greenhouse and clean pots and seed trays to ensure any diseases don’t spread to new plants. The greenhouse will need to dry off before you get started so make sure it’s ventilated well for a few days afterwards, too. Don’t forget to sharpen your garden tools, too. Looking after them will not only preserve them but also stop disease from spreading.
If you need to order bulbs and seeds ready for spring, then the earlier you get hold of them, the earlier you can get started. Consider the time of year, too. Early in the calendar year, you can plant seeds which require a longer growing season, like Geraniums, Begonias and Aubergines. Meanwhile, the likes of Lilies, Gladiolus and Ranunculus can be planted in early spring, allowing them to be in full bloom in the summer.
It’s wise to examine the areas you plan to use and ensure there are no sinister pests lurking in the soil as that would be a terrible start to the season. Also remove any debris, weeds and branches that may be occupying the area so plants don’t have to compete for sunlight and nutrients. After that, consider the space you’ll be using and whether it’s large enough for the amount of seeds you’ll be sowing. Cramming too many plants into a small area will make your garden look overcrowded and messy.
Cold conditions aren’t kind on your soil, so as soon as the temperatures start to rise it will be possible to prepare for planting. Loosen the soil by turning it with a sharp spade or tiller and then test the pH and nutrients of it and apply compost as required.