Time to get your plot spring-ready!
On the other side of January, the natural world around is starts to look a bit brighter pretty much immediately. Take a good look around, and you’ll see signs of spring that are bravely blossoming into life everywhere! Tell tale signs include snowdrops nodding away on the verges, birds singing earlier in the mornings, and previously bare branches sprouting gorgeous green buds. It’s so exciting, and a great way to get your little ones interested in the changes of seasons – I love this ‘First signs of spring‘ downloadable check sheet from the Woodland Trust.
It might seem like there isn’t an awful lot to do in your garden this month, but are some tasks you can be getting on with to ensure you’ll get the most out of the rush of growth that comes with spring.
- Wisteria, summer-flowering Clematis and some types of rose benefit from winter pruning. I’ve written a blog on winter pruning, which goes into a bit more detail – you can find it here.
- Cut any ornamental grasses down to within a few centimetres of the ground before their spring growth spurt begins.
- If you’re growing winter pansies, their blooms might be starting to fade a bit by now. Remove any dying flowers to stop the plants from going to seed – this way, they should bloom again as it gets a bit warmer.
- If you’re lucky enough to have snowdrops in your garden, you can lift them whilst they’re still green for dividing and planting for new plants.
- Plant out your lily and allium bulbs, and bare root roses for an amazing show of colour this summer!
- If you’d like to move your deciduous garden trees or shrubs, you can do it now as long as the ground isn’t waterlogged or frozen.
- Give your veggie beds a good weed, and fork plenty of compost through the soil. This can then be covered with black plastic sheeting to keep it dry and warm ready for spring planting.
- Veg like leek, onions and celeriac can be sown around now, as long as they’re then kept under cover.
- Invest in a water butt for your garden if you don’t already have one. Rainwater is usually a touch acidic, which is preferred by ericaceous plants. Tap water tends to be on the alkali side.
- It’s a good idea to try some lawn edging around the perimeter of your lawn if it’s prone to looking a bit untidy. This will keep it looking neat even when your grass starts to grow substantially going into spring.
- Help out our feathered friends and small mammals by laying out fat balls and seed to feed them with. These helpful visitors to our gardens also in turn feast on pests like slugs and insects – so it’s good to keep them on your side!