Christmas is over and done with and while it may still feel a long way off, spring is closer than you might think. The garden is ready and waiting for you to get stuck in and even though we’re slowly creeping our way into a new year, these early months are exactly the right time to start considering preparing your garden for a brighter, more colourful season.
Of course, your outdoor space will probably have been largely neglected for the last few months, so the first thing you should be doing is sweeping the leaves and putting everything back the way it was before the winter set in.
But what other main tasks should you be considering for your garden?
1. Sow long-flowering seeds
Some flowers take longer to grow than others, so getting ahead and planting these now will help them bloom at their optimal time during the spring and summer. For example, chilli plants need to be planted in January if they’re going to reach their potential. Geraniums are also best planted as early in the year as possible, as are dahlias and delphiniums. These are all flowers native to colder climates and tend to thrive in February and March.
2. Install a greenhouse
A great way to elevate a garden into a true feature of your home is to install a greenhouse for both storage and growing purposes. There’s no doubt that this represents an investment on your part, and a bad credit loan could be an option – but have you tried a line of credit to access the money you need. However, it’s vital that you make sure you can afford the repayments before you think about applying.
You can use your greenhouse to store pots between uses, as well as growing plants and fruits that may not otherwise thrive in your natural environment. They also allow you to garden at any time of year, whatever the weather. And what could be more convenient than that?
3. Create mulch
The leaves falling on your garden now can end up being the nutritious mulch for your plants months down the line, as long as you collect and store them now. When doing an early clean, collect all the leaves and find a secure place to store them without risk of them blowing away. This is essentially free compost and is very easy to make. Indeed, all you need to do is collect the leaves and shred them.
4. Remove problems
It can be hard to keep on top of weeds and pests during the winter months, so getting a head start now will reduce your workload along the way. Weed killer and natural pest deterrents are always going to be a good option when it comes to getting your garden ready for spring.