It has been a long hard winter with lengthy
periods when it wasn’t possible to garden.
Snow, frost and rain combined to leave the soil
Now we are into spring with long, bright evenings
and good working conditions ahead so it is time
to catch up on lost time.
The first jobs are those that will bring the
garden up to scratch and involve a tidy up and
Buds are turning into new soft growth and great
care needs to be taken not to damage shoots
when working through the beds and around plants.
Herbaceous borders and shrub beds can be raked
over to remove debris and weeds. Watch out for
seedlings of plants that worth keeping. Plants
that spread by suckers and stolons should be
curtailed to prevent them becoming dominant
The lawn is ready for a feed. It has had to
put up with months of wet, cold ground and a
feed of a proprietary lawn food will act as
a pick-me-up and add colour to the pale green
or yellow grass.
A selective weed killer to eliminate buttercup,
daisy, plantain and other troublesome weeds
may be given along with the nutrients as a weed
and feed application.
Regular cutting will improve the quality of
The vegetable garden should be a hive of activity
with regular sowing of salad crops along with
thinning rows of seedlings and transplanting
brassicas. Keep on top of the annual weeds such
as chickweed that seems to appear overnight.
Support peas and beans before they need it.
If you are using old pea sticks make sure they
are free from over-wintering disease spores.
Weed around strawberry plants and apply a feed
of Growmore at a handful per yard length of
Tidy up loganberries, blackberries and tay berries
making sure there are no loose canes to blow
about in the wind.
The greenhouse will be bursting at the seams
with plants waiting to be planted outside. As
you clear space prepare the area for a summer
crop of tomatoes, melons, cucumbers or peppers.
Hygiene is crucial so remove all debris and
diseased leaves. Wash the glass and walls with
a fungicide before planting out the new crop.