Getting your garden space ready for the summer needs to start now if you want a lush outdoor space. There are a number of things you can do now – so let’s take a look.
- Order Your Summer Flowering Seeds and Bulbs
On a wet and windy day, you can order all of your summer flowering bulbs to include Ranunculus, Gladiolus and Lilies. All of these can be planted early on in spring to come up for a colorful display in summer. Simply look through the catalog or website and you will be able to find wonderful new varieties of bulbs and seeds that can be planted to grow this year. For further information on planting your bulbs, read through this How To Plant Bulbs article.
- Clearing Your Flower Beds And Borders
A general tidying up will help to remove debris and leaves from the flower borders, ponds and lawn. You can cut back the dead and old growth of deciduous grass and your herbaceous perennials. However, if you want to be wildlife friendly, you can wait until early spring. When the soil is workable, you can dig about a 5cm layer of quality organic matter like compost, well-rotted manure, or recycled green waste into your empty garden borders.
- Clean Up The Greenhouse
Before spring arrives, it is going to be best that you wash your greenhouse. Before too long, the greenhouse will be full of cuttings and seedlings in trays, so sweep out any of the plant debris on the benches and floor and make sure that you disinfect the area with a good garden disinfectant like Jeyes Fluid. Take the time to disinfect the inside portion of the glass as well, as overwintering pests and even disease can live on in the smallest of nooks and crannies. While you are in there, you can wash the seed trays and pots to help cut back on diseases by damping off your young plants. Make sure that your greenhouse is also well ventilated over the next few days so it can dry thoroughly.
- Sow Any Seeds That Need A Longer Season
During January and February, you can sow the seeds of any plants that have to have a longer growing season, such as Begonias, Peppers, Antirrhinums, Geraniums and Aubergines. They will have to be grown inside a heated propagator or something similar to make sure that there is good growth. To find more seeds that you can sow in January and February, you can look at our Garden This Month page. There is helpful advice on how you can sow seeds within our handy seed-sowing guide as well.
- Hunt Those Garden Pests Soon
Looking for and getting rid of hibernating pests early can save you a whole lot of time and trouble when spring and summer roll around. Take a peek at the crows of all of your perennial plants and you may find snails, slugs and aphids brewing. If you have not cleared out the pots from last summer, you may want to do this now and look for white vine weevil larvae that tend to roost by the roots and compost. Make sure that you destroy what you find and then prepare to treat your plants with either chemical drenches or parasitic nematodes.
- Consider Wall Water Fountains
Water fountains can be a great addition to the home, both indoors and outdoors. They have a number of great benefits, aside from just being aesthetically pleasing and can really add to a space. Wall water fountains improve the air in a room, make a relaxing sound and can alter the home, making it a lot more relaxed.