As summer approaches it is wonderful to be able to relax and enjoy the garden.But, early summer is a busy time in the garden. The weather is now reliably warm almost everywhere, and plantings are filling in and looking good.
There are all kinds of critters walking around your garden and landscape just waiting to be discovered, seeds to be collected for next year, and annuals and perennials waiting to be deadheaded. When you cut back fading blooms, the energy will turn from producing seed to producing bigger and more abundant flowers this season. There is an early summer garden what-to-do checklist:
By the month of June, all northern hemisphere gardens are in full throttle. Garden chores are almost equalized across zones. Warmer climates are still ahead of the game, shifting into a transition period northern gardeners don’t experience. But crops are still growing, insects are still feasting and, despite the heat and humidity, this is not the time to rest. When the sun does find time to peer out, take the time to appreciate the fruits of your labour as most of the sowing, pricking out and potting on will have been done. Ornamental borders will soon be at their best and you should have heaps of early vegetables to harvest.
Even late spring can be deceptive. It often seems as though summer has arrived, yet in cold areas there can still be severe late frosts. Take local climate into account before planting any frost-tender plants outdoors. Even with experience it can be a gamble as an untypical season might produce surprises. Judging when frosts are no longer likely is mainly a matter of assessing risk.
It is a good idea to watch when summer bedding is put out in the local parks. These gardeners will have amassed generations of local knowledge of your area, which is by far the best guide.
This is when the garden really comes alive, but while day-time temperatures can dramatically shoot up, beware sudden, crippling frosts. Also, keep seedlings ticking over on windowsills or in greenhouses, shading them on days when the sun is too fierce.
Weeding. One of the best reasons for doing the weeding yourself, and not hiring someone else, is that you will quickly start to know the difference between weeds and seedlings of plants that you want to keep. If the latter are growing in the wrong place, pot them up and grow them on for planting in the border later.
Spring should now be in evidence, with daffodils in flower and blossom adorning trees. Expect the inevitable ‘April showers’ but the frequent sunny days and rising temperatures too make it perfect gardening weather. April is an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it’s also time to start sowing outdoors.
With the warmer sunny days – gardeners are out in force everywhere – April is the month we wait for all year. We get to enjoy all of the fruits (flowers) of our labor and planning. April is the most beautiful month of the year. The birds are chirping, and the garden is coming to life… Here you can read about top things to do in April:
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.