March the 29th is just around the corner and probably one of the happiest times of the year for most of us. Why? I hear you cry. Simple, the clocks go forward and officially summer time begins.
Now we all know it takes a while for the temperature to rise but at least we are at the beginning, Spring is in the air and Winter will soon be a distant memory.
The best way to embrace this time of year is to get out in the garden, start ridding your vegetable patch of leaves and debris, give the lawn its first trim and start planning for the summer. It won’t be long before the weeds start growing so this is probably a gardeners busiest time of year and every minute counts.
Early spring is the best time to prune shrubs and trees, and cut back your hydrangeas to a healthy bud. And if you want the garden to look tip top, a good idea is to edge your beds and borders with shears for a nice clean line. This is the perfect time to plant your hardy annuals like Pot Marigolds and Californian Poppies for some spectacular Summer colour.
When it comes to your organic vegetable plot now is the time to sow Broad Beans, Parsnips, Carrots and Peas. Sow straight into a well-prepared soil, no need to add manure just fork over lightly and apply a top dressing of general fertiliser, and if you are fortunate enough to live in a milder area you can plant your potatoes too!
With all this work going on you will need to make sure your tools are up to the job, how about treating yourself to a lovely set of Joules gardening tools and why not go the whole hog and throw in a pair of matching Joules gardening gloves, after all with all your hard work you deserve a treat!
And talking of treats don’t forget Easter is fast approaching so you can take a well earned rest, put your feet up and munch away on chocolate Easter eggs!
Happy Gardening x