Finally we are getting a few sporadic sunny days and Spring is here and I hear the faint noise of lawn mowers starting up all over the neighbourhood. Spring is a busy time in the garden as you set it up for the year ahead. Here’s a few things you can keep busy with in the garden in at the beginning of Spring.
After braving the winter month, carrying out a few gardening jobs in January in the vegetable garden and having planned your vegetable patch for the year. Spring is a time to get busy in the garden before the growing season. Here are 5 jobs to get your started in preparation for the growing season ahead.
1. Does Anything in the Garden Need to Be Fixed?
After a winter of being indoors, start your garden season by making a list of what needs to be done. Does anything need fixing or removing? Before your plants begin their growing season, it’s a good time to repaint garden walls, fix fencing, inspect irrigation systems and fix any garden borders. Doing this before your plants begin to grow, means that you won’t disturb or damage them.
2. Buy Your Seeds for the Year
I always love a shopping project and buying seeds is one of my favourite things to do at this time of year as I look forward to the summer.
Take note of the optimal time your seeds need to be planted. I can help you plan ahead with my simple garden year planner and take your time to research the best plants that will do well in your garden. Very soon, lots of beautiful annual plants can be sown directly into the soil as the weather warms up, which makes for an easy, colourful project.
3. Mow the Lawn
The first lawn mow of the year is so satisfying! There’s nothing quite like the smell of freshly cut spring grass. Choose a dry day and raise the blade a little on your mower for the first few mows.
4. Buy Bedding Plants
If you have somewhere warm to keep them, buying bedding plants whilst they’re still small is a good way to save money. Keep them in the warm and grow them on. You can transfer them gradually outside as the weather gets warmer and the risk of frost has passed. If the night times are still pretty cold, invest in a heater for your greenhouse to prevent the risk of damage overnight.
5. Begin to Sow Greenhouse Vegetables
You can begin to grow tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers from seed now. Take a look at my guide to growing planting seeds here to help get you started.
6. Plant Early Potatoes
If you have some early varieties of seed potatoes, you can begin to plant them outside now. See my guide to planting potatoes to show you how.