Spring into Action – Start the Gardening Year Right This Spring

by - 10 May

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When spring is in the air, all you want to do is head out into the outdoors and clear away the cobwebs of autumn leaves and winter frosts. Lighter evenings and spring breezes make the garden more inviting, and now is the perfect time to start creating your perfect outdoor haven in time for the summer months. If you’re wondering where to start, here are some ways you can get going again with your garden through Spring. 

First of all, this is an ideal time to give everything a good clean – it’s called a spring clean for a reason! Wash your windows and doors, scrub down hard surfaces like paving or decking, and touch up fences with fresh paint. It’s best to do these jobs at the start of spring while there are fewer plants to disturb, and this will give you a lovely clean canvas to build up your perfect sunny retreat for summer. 

Next, it’s time to start thinking about composting. Everyone knows that composting at home is one of the best ways to care for our environment, as well as providing lovely (and free!) organic compost for you to use throughout the year. It allows you to start composting your food waste, avoiding the huge carbon footprint resulting from sending it to landfill, as well as helping you to avoid buying high carbon peat-based compost from garden centres. Spring is the perfect time to start, so get yourself a good compost bin, start with a layer of soil, and keep adding alternating layers of green and brown waste on top. Make sure to keep the rain out with a watertight lid, and watch your lovely fresh composting start to work. By autumn, you’ll have plenty of fresh soil to plant your bulbs into ready for next spring. 

Speaking of planting, spring is the perfect time to get your annuals sown for colour right through the summer. Chrysanthemums, Cosmos, Calendulas, Dahlias and Petunias all need sowing around this time, so plan out your beds and sow enough seedlings to go around. Watching your plants peek out through the soil and bloom into gorgeous colourful flowers is one of the most rewarding parts of gardening, so start now and enjoy the process. 

The final thing to do is to plan any veg you want to grow this year. Now is the time to sow for harvests throughout the year, so start with easy plants like peas, beans and squash. Start them off indoors until your seedlings start to appear, and plant them out into your garden once they’re established. Home-grown veg really does taste excellent, and there’s nothing more satisfying than knowing you’ve seen your veg right through from planting to plate.

Spending spring in the garden is the ideal way to celebrate the warmer weather and puts you in the best position to get the most out of your garden through the rest of the year, so as soon as the weather starts to warm up, get out your green fingers and start gardening! 

Let me know what you do to start the gardening year right in the comments below and while you are here check out my latest home posts.

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