Spring Garden Jobs

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Here are a few of the Spring garden jobs that need to be tackled, as well as some to perform on houseplants. Spending time now will pay dividends in the future, so here is a list of some of the jobs. It is not exhaustive, but should give an idea of some of the things that need to be done at this time of year.

 

Daffodils

 Once daffodils have finished blooming and the flower head is drying out and discoloured it is necessary to dead-head them in order stop them from producing seed pods. This channels all the plant’s energy into developing the leaves and bulb, thereby ensuring the flower will bloom again the following year. To do this there is a choice of cutting at the bottom of the stem (as if you were harvesting a fresh flower stem), being careful not to damage the leaves. The other way is to cut or pinch off the flower below the seed pod.

 

Sowing and Planting

 

Early spring is the ideal time to plant herbaceous perennials such as Geranium, Astrantia and Oriental Poppies.

Also, plant summer flowering bulbs, making sure that the soil has been well prepared to ensure good drainage. If this is not done the bulbs can rot in the wet ground.

 

General Maintenance

 

Clear beds of weeds and mulch with a deep layer of organic matter. This will help to condition the soil, suppress weed growth, insulate plant roots from temperature fluctuations and will conserve moisture during the summer months.

Check whether tubs need watering. Test the soil at hand depth to see if it is dry. If so, then water it until moist (not wet) remembering that tubs under the eaves etc may not get much rain. Top up with fresh compost (if there is not much room then remove some of the old compost first).

Feed borders with a general purpose fertiliser at the manufacturers recommended rate.

 

Indoor Plants

 

Now is the time to re-pot houseplants and renew the soil.

Fuschias and Pelargoniums that have been stored indoors for the winter can now be cut back and repotted, but they should still be watered sparingly.

If you have been growing spring bulbs such as Hyacinth, Grape Hyacinth or Narcissi indoors and the bulbs are now overblown, try planting them in the garden. They won’t flower as abundantly but should give a nice display next Spring.

If you have a prunus in bud, cut a few sprigs and put in a vase. The blossom will bring a taste of spring into your home.

 

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