10 Tips on New Year Gardening Resolutions…
Happy New Year from us all in the Woolly Green potting shed! Last night for #WoolliesAskAlison, Alison came up with some fab suggestions for gardening resolutions for a great 2017!
- Use up last year’s seed packets before buying new: most will last another year if the foil envelope is resealed
- Tackle pruning overgrown and tangled shrubs while dormant – use good book/website with pictures for guidance
- If you’ve moved house, understand your soil, it’s fertility and how to improve it before buying plants
- Even if you don’t grow flowers for cutting, sow a wigwam of Sweetpeas; unbeatable fragrance in a vase
- Think about veg crop yield as you plan what you have space to grow in 2017. Most folk don’t need 10m of runner beans…!
- Get to grips with pruning and prune all your Roses appropriately for best shape and display this year
- Grow fruit even if you don’t have much space: strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries, patio fruit trees are all OK in large pots
- Make compost from veg scraps and garden waste; many councils have offer on bins. Great for improving all soil types
- Look beyond spring flowering bulbs and plant Lilies/Gladioli for summer and Nerines/Colchicum for autumn
- Be adventurous in your veg and grow crops not easy to buy: seed catalogues often promote new introductions. In fact, here’s a list of different veggies you could try!
What are your gardening resolutions? Let us know how you’re getting on in the comments below!