Weekend Gardening Tips April 1st 2016
Now the clocks have gone forward, the soil is warming up and the garden at last is beginning to look a bit more like a garden – all green and vibrant, it’s time to get ready to grow, grow, grow ☺
1. Finish moving and planting evergreen trees and shrubs – I’ve got one more evergreen hydrangea to move this weekend, then I’m done ☺
2. Lightly fork over the soil, pull up any weeds before they set seed and make your summer less of a weed bummer! Many hardy annuals and biennials seed prolifically, so self-seeded seedlings e.g. foxgloves may need a little help to get them exactly where you’d like!
3. It’s time to plant out summer flowering bulbs such as gladioli. Choose a sunny position, well-drained soil and then plant them at intervals during the month of April so that you get a magnificent succession of flowers all through the summer. I rather like this classy velvet gladioli collection.
4. Time to sow or turf new lawns and don’t forget to feed established lawns well ahead of a summer drought (that we might be getting – difficult to imagine I know!)
5. Get ahead with your veg by sowing tender veg in a greenhouse or on a very sunny windowsill so that they are ready for planting out once the danger of frost is over. Sweet corn can be sown now for planting out in early June for example, and things like courgettes and squash would be perfect ☺
6. And it would be well worth your while to give border plants a boost with some general-purpose fertilizer such as ‘Grow More’ or ‘Vitax Q4’. Roses particularly like a little help at this time of year and you can buy some specially formulated food such as ‘Top Rose’ just for them ☺
7. If you have a greenhouse it is well worth considering automatic greenhouse ventilation on the window vents. I tried them out last year and haven’t looked back! They work by expanding and contracting – reacting to the change in temperature. Interested? You can find out more about these clever little things here.