Spring is on its way and you’ll soon be caught up in a frenzy of seed sowing, growing, and nurturing your garden as it comes back to life. Make use of these quieter winter months to organize your thoughts and get a head start on the new gardening year.
Whether you’re dreaming of planting colorful flowers, picking homegrown fruits and veggies or creating your own backyard retreat, here are some ideas for planting, planning and organizing that will set you up to enjoy it this season and next.
GIVE YOUR LAWN A TRIM
Make sure your grass is actively growing before giving the mower a run around. Ideally there will be between two and three inches of growth, to avoid injuring the grass and any infection of the roots. Choose a dry day and give your mower blades a sharpen-up first.
PLANT SPRING-BLOOMING PRENNIALS
For an instant garden pick-me-up, purchase spring-flowering perennials from the nursery that are just beginning to bud and plant them in garden beds. Foxglove and bleeding heart a romantic cottage garden combination in beds that receive full sun to partial shade.
CLEAN OUT YOUR GREENHOUSE
Now’s the perfect time to give your greenhouse a good clean, ready for the seedlings and cuttings of spring. Wash the outside of your greenhouse with disinfectant or detergent, to remove algae, moss and general grime.
CREATE A SPRING CONTAINER
Cheer up your entryway with a sunny container combination of mixed bulbs, pink primroses and lavender violas. If you already have them, potted daffodils, crocuses, tulips and grape hyacinths make beautiful spring container additions.
RETHINK YOUR SIDEWALK PLANTING
Increase curbs appeal with a sidewalk planting of shrubs, perennials or grasses. A simple repeating pattern works well for narrow planting beds, like the strip that runs between the sidewalk and fence.
MAINTAIN FENCES, GATES AND TRELLIS
Check fence panels, gates and trellis for any sign of weather damage or decay. Fixing any broken structures now will give you more time to spend in the garden during the spring and summer.
PLANT SUMMER-BLOOMING BULBS
Add color and drama to garden borders by incorporating summer-flowering bulbs, including those with tubers, corms and rhizomes. Many of these summer-flowering bulbs begin to come into their prime as spring flowers fade, and they will reward you with months of blooms.
GET YOUR WARM-SEASON EDIBLE GARDEN STARTED
After the last frost, plant seedlings of basil, cilantro, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, green beans, melons, parsley, peppers, squash and tomatoes in garden beds that receive at least four to six hours of daily sun.
GIVE YOUR BIRDBATH A BATH
Birdbaths and feeders can get grubby over the winter months. Disinfect your bird feeders with some very weak bleach solution and be sure to rinse thoroughly before stocking them up with seed.
ADD SOME TWINKLE WITH FAIRY LIGHTS
One way to glam up your garden is to rig up some outdoor friendly fairy lights for instant ambiance! There are lots of solar powered lamp, lantern and light options out there so you don’t have to worry about your electricity bill.
It’s a wonderful time to be in the garden, as the warm weather causes plants to wake up from their winter slumber and bloom with new growth. Get your hands in the dirt with these gardening tips and ideas to make the most out of your garden.