We're already heading towards the end of the planting season, and blooms are already appearing. Where does the time go?
Plants are on the move, evenings are getting lighter – it feels like winter might be behind us, but we should never tempt fate!
(oh, speaking of plants on the move, don't forget our March photo competition – the theme is ‘First flowers' and there's over £100 in vouchers to be had!)
Here are a few ideas for things to do around the garden over the next couple of weeks:
- Prune any hardy evergreen trees and hedges before the birds start looking for nesting sites
- Think about sealing and healing any pruned branches and stems to protect them from rot, pests and diseases
- Wash trees to get rid of over-wintering insects and other nasties. This should be done and dusted by the end of the month
- Grease bands should have been on well before Christmas, but if you think you'll suffer moths it could still be worth putting them in place
- If the ground is ready (not frozen, not too wet), top-up on vital nutrients with a good organic fertiliser – the sheer volume of wet weather in the last year will have rinsed many nutrients out of the ground
- Weed out around your fruit trees, and think about protecting the ground with a mulch
- Are you planting soft fruit? February is a great time to put in raspberry canes, blackberry plants, hybrid berries and gooseberries
- Give your overall garden hygiene a check-up, cleaning pots and trays, sharpening and sterilising tools, clearing out old tubs, bottles and jars (we all have them!) and testing any electricals
- Have you got your stocks of compost and planting accessories such as stakes, spirals, mulch mats and Rootgrow?