It may not seem it at the moment, but Spring is only a matter of weeks away. Here we try and offer you some tips on the flowers and prep work you can do to get your garden dazzling in time for the Spring and Summer months.
First – are you going to plant in plant pots? Directly in to the soil? Or in a greenhouse?
If you’re looking for less maintenance – or only have a small garden space – plant pots are your best bet. If you want to get your hands dirty then prepare to get dug in and excited about soil maintenance. If you’re looking for year-round gorgeous flowers and veggies, then it may be time to invest in a greenhouse, which are a lot less expensive than you think.
For outdoor potted plants or balcony boxes – try lavender. Beautiful, fragrant and easy to grow. If you want a little more – or lots more – colour, then try pansies. They’re very low maintenance – all they need to thrive is good soil, a bit of sun and regular watering. Choose from classic purples to bright yellows. If you want to plant indoors – try a succulent: less prickly than a cactus but just as easy to care for.
Straight in the soil
First things first, if you really want a garden in bloom then invest in a tiller. It’ll prime your soil, ready for planting. With a tiller, you take out all the hard work. Within minutes – and with minimal effort – you’ll have perfectly turned soil.
After that opt for hardy flowers – for your first season at least. Germaniums are colourful, hardy and near indestructible. They’ll bloom without much effort – just plant them and keep them well watered.
You can also improve your soil at any time by adding a bit of compost (we’ve got a super easy blender compost recipe here).
If you’ve got a greenhouse, the world is your oyster. It’s the perfect environment to grow vegetables and plant flowers galore. A greenhouse will extend the spring and summer seasons, giving you a bumper crop of veggies, well into autumn.
A greenhouse will protect plants from the elements and give them plenty of room to thrive. Grow onions, garlic, cucumbers and chillies or start a mini herb garden and have basil, mint and thyme on tap. Raise seeds, seedlings, cultivate plants and keep them safe from the British weather. It’s a win-win.