Time to start thinking about the garden.
With some stunning sunshine and blue sky days, the snowdrops, aconites and hellebores are appearing.
There are also many other heavenly scented winter flowering shrubs such as Daphne, Sarcococca, Wintersweet and Mahonia.
This is the time to start nourishing your garden in preparation for the year ahead. Get a load of organic well rotted manure or use your own good compost to mulch your whole garden with. Spreading in 2-3” thick especially around all the Roses, fruit trees and shrubs.
Mulching with organic matter is a brilliant way to not only feed your garden, it also helps suppress weeds and aids in keeping the moisture in over the warmer months.
It is also a great opportunity to plan any new designs or planting schemes, to create a more useable outdoor space that is also wildlife friendly. Getting the landscaping done in early spring, ready for planting in mid to late spring.
If you would like to redesign your garden or replant any aspect of your garden, please do get in touch. I specialise in user friendly wildlife gardens & tailored planting schemes for those difficult to plant areas such as sun, shade, coastal salt winds along with different soil types.
1. Last chance to prune your Roses, apple & pear trees, grape vines, wisteria & autumn raspberries.
2. Cut back your winter hedges, before birds start to nest.
3. Refresh any winter displays by deadheading the flowers and adding in spring bulbs and early spring flowers such as Primroses and Hellebores.
4. Time to plant any bare rooted Roses, fruit and shrubs.
5. Start to clear the old woody perennial growth from last year, and leave in bundles like with wood piles at the edges of your garden or add to compost bin, mindful still that it may contain any hibernating insects or larvae.
6. Plan your edible areas, crop rotation and companion plants, buy seeds* and start to sow Chilli’s and peppers.
* Check out any local seed swaps or independent seed suppliers.