Spring is one of the busiest and most exciting seasons in the garden. After months of inactivity, with rain, snow and cold temperatures,spring growth suddenly accelerates. The major new colour is lime green as the lawn puts on new growth, and the shrubs and trees explode in thousands of buds. Daffodils emerge, then tulips that can be as subtle or extrovert as you like, followed by the exotically beautiful magnolias, and rhododendrons that can be as high as a house. Getting the garden off to a smart start could not be simpler.
Large-scale mixed planting. With planning, you can create superb floral displays. If you have a spare patch of garden, or a long stretch of path, try creating a fantastic show of spring colours. Plant a row of lime trees down the centre, add decorative large pots and urns, and then begin underplanting the limes with hundreds of bulbs and perennials in a bright jamboree of red, white, blue and yellow.
Springtime means that everybody has dirt on their knees, dirt under their nails, and are excited about gardening. To make certain that this excitement yields positive results, in this article we’ll discuss the basics of spring planting tips.
Installing new plants in the garden and having them grow successfully is not difficult, nor is it as complicated as some would have you think. Is spring planting as easy as just digging a hole and setting the plant in? Yes, it certainly can be.
Gardeners the world over will know that there is no set date for a gardening job, remember temperatures vary according to where you live, also each year is different, some warmer and some colder, although it is now becoming clear the trend is towards warmer, and garden jobs in February will depend on local conditions. February is often the coldest winter month even if spring is just around the corner. More than any other month what to do in the garden in February will depend on weather conditions, it may be wise to hold off than try to sow in cold waterlogged ground that will rot garden seeds rather than germinate them.
February has abundance of vegetables, such as leeks parsnips, turnips and Swedes, early purple sprouting, kale and Brussels sprouts being available, and can come up when you are ready, especially leeks which may well be standing ready, also make sure that parsnips, turnips and Swedes are covered with fleece or straw to stop them freezing solid into the ground.
When should you start preparing your rose garden for the onset of spring and summer? Well, if you live in an area where you can start seeing the promise of spring in late March or early April, then you’re an “early spring” rose gardener. However, if you live where March and April still brings icy rain and snow, then just keep waiting out old man winter until your turn at spring arrives and then follow the tips in this article.
Early spring is a time of great activity in the rose garden as you prepare for the beautiful buds that will be sprouting almost any day. Here’s a summary of what needs to be done in order to prepare your roses for the tough growing season that lies ahead.
In favourable areas late winter can be almost spring-like, especially in a mild period, but don’t be lulled into sowing and planting outdoors too soon. If the weather turns cold, seeds will not germinate, and seedlings and plants may receive such a check to their growth that they do not do as well as those sown or planted later. Concentrate your efforts on indoor sowing, but make the most of frames and cloches, too, for early crops.
One way of getting plants off to an early start (tomatoes and lettuces, for example) is to sow them in small plastic containers, clearly labelled, in a heated greenhouse. This means that when the spring temperatures do pick up, they can be moved outside, under cloches especially at night when the temperatures can suddenly drop.
You don’t want to be caught out at the last minute when it comes to planning your winter garden. The coldest months of the year are also the most barren when it comes to the natural world, so if you want to avoid your garden looking like a plant and shrub graveyard, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to ensure your yard keeps up with the season. It’s a common misconception that gardens during the winter have to look drab and dull compared with their summer counterparts. This is simply not true. By selecting the correct plants to put in your garden during December, January and February, you can add a splash of colour and more to help brighten up those cold wintry days.
So what can you do to help your winter garden survive the cold?
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