How to Prepare your Garden for Spring
The joy of spring flowers bursting into your garden might still
seem like a long way away but there’s plenty of work which can be done now
which will reap rewards in months to come.
January’s weather can be challenging but those crisp winter
days will offer a chance to get out, enjoy some sunlight and start preparing your
garden for the seasons ahead.
The first job will be a general tidy up. Remove leaves and
other debris from flower beds and borders and clear them back to the bare soil.
Then take that organic matter which has been rotting down
beautifully on your compost pile and dig in a 5cm layer of compost into the
cleared garden borders. It will give a nutrient boost to your garden and help
to produce an abundance of flowers and shrubs come the spring and summer.
January is also the perfect time to give your greenhouse a
good clean, ready for the seedlings and cuttings to be planted in the spring.
Wash the outside of your greenhouse with disinfectant to
remove algae, moss and the general grime which has built up. This will let in
more light during the growing months while also removing unwanted pests and
disease. Make sure you disinfect the inside of the glass too and remember to
ventilate your greenhouse when you get the chance.
Fence panels, gates and trellis can also be checked for
signs of damage and decay and fixing them now will mean you can spend more time
in the garden in spring and summer. If there’s a dry day, you could also apply
a new coat of stain or wood preservative to keep them in good condition for
years to come.
While it is too cold to plant out seeds in January, they can
be sown in a heated propagator or greenhouse. This is a particularly good idea for
the plants which need a longer growing season such as geraniums, antirrhinums,
peppers and aubergines.
If you haven’t cleared out all your pots of summer bedding
plants, now is the time to do so. Check them for pests, which can feed on plant
roots, and destroy any larvae you find. Some plants will have outgrown their
pots, so it is a good time to give them more space in bigger pots, ready for
new growth in the spring.
With rain in plentiful supply, it is a good time to think
about installing a water butt, beginning to start collecting water which is
especially good for acidic soil-loving plants such as camellias and
You might also want to begin thinking about what new additions
you want to make to your garden. Visit our shop or enjoy browsing our bulbs
and seeds online so you’re ready to plant them when spring beckons.