We tend to think of winter as being a quiet time for the garden, but right now, it isn’t all that long until Spring, and that makes it the perfect time to start prepping for the change in the weather, especially if you want to be able to enjoy your Spring garden rather than running around like a headless chicken trying to get all of your outdoor jobs done.
With that in mind, here are some of the best things you can do in/for the garden right now:
Order Your Summer Flowering Seeds
When it’s wet and windy outside, you might not want to actually go out into the garden, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start working on it. In fact, now is the perfect time to get online and choose the summer flowering plants you want to put in the garden this spring. Buy the seeds now, and you’ll be ready for action as soon as the season changes and the weather is right.
Tidy it Up
Next time we have a cool, crips weekend as opposed to a wet, and windy one, take the opportunity to go out and clean up the garden. Rake the leaves, cut back dead growth, turn the soil and make it as nice as you can, while also preparing the way for your spring gardening activity. Just be mindful that there might be some wildlife lurking in your garden’s ‘mess’, and if that’s the case, you might want to leave their temporary home alone!
Add Those Features
A lot of people leave the laying of patio paving, the installation of a water feature or the building of a new wall until the Spring/Summer when they hope that the weather will be better, and although that is quite sensible in many ways, it means that they don’t get to enjoy the garden quite so much when it’s at it’s best. So, if you’re planning a major project in the garden, you might want to think about starting your project now. Sure, it might take a little longer if you have to stop and start because of the weather, but it will be done before the good weather hits!
Hose Down the Greenhouse
If you have a greenhouse or shed, now is a good time to clean it/them up because it/they will likely be getting a lot more use when Spring finally arrives and the last thing you need is to have to clean up before you can plant your flowers or find your mower.
Get Rid of Pests
Chances are there will be numerous garden pest hibernating in your garden right now, and if that’s the case, it’s probably better to deal with them now than when they come out in full force in Spring and start eating all of your seeds, plants and flowers.
There’s no denying that, for many people, winter isn’t the best time to deal with the garden, but if you make the effort to complete these tasks now, you will be glad that you did when Spring rolls around.
Time to get the wellies on!