Sunday, 8 May 2016

Garden Checklist ...

Good Morning!
Here's a few things that you can be getting on with today in the garden ...

1. Tidy up  - If you've got some Heucheras in your garden and they are looking a little worse for wear after the recent months then now is the time to give them a little tidy up! Remove any dead or damaged foliage along with any faded flower stems that are still on the plant.
Heucheras aren't the only plants needing a little tidy up, if you've got any Penstemons growing now is the time to cut the old stems down to the fresh shoots at the bottom. The reason we don't do this after flowering is so that the old stems can help protect the shoots from severe frost in bad weather.

Potted Heuchera

2. Veggies - The soil is starting to warm up so if you'd like to get some veggies sown such as Carrots, Beetroot, Salad Crops, Radishes and Spring Onion then now is the time to get started!

3. Extra Plants - If you go into Garden Centres at this time you should see some pots of Sempervivums for sale, quite a few of them will have more than 1 rosette and each of these can give you an extra plant! I found a pack of 6 for £10 earlier in the week and I've managed to get 30 plants from these 6 pots! All you need to do is remove each rosette and pot on into some gritty compost.


4. Climbing Plants - Climbing plants such as Clematis and Honeysuckle will be putting on new growth quickly and will need tying in to their supports as soon as possible. 

5. Faded Flowers - Deadhead the faded flowers from Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Camellias but be careful not to damage the newly developing leaves. 

6. Weeds - It's one of the least enjoyable jobs for some people but it is one of the most important! Dig out as many weeds possible now and they will be much more controllable throughout the rest of the year. They soon multiply so it's best to get on top of them!

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1 comment:

  1. I've been enjoying this wonderful weather we've been having and managed to get out in the garden to do a bit of tidying and transplanting...I even went to the garden centre and treated myself to a lovely dark purple Salvia and another Philadelphus as I emptied a couple of overgrown pots! (I promise I will take a couple of photos for you and put on Facebook but you have to understand it is a work in progress!) It also meant that we got to do some of the more mundane jobs like hedge and grass cutting but it's amazing how much tidier even that makes the garden's a bit like making your bed!?! I hope this isn't the last of the warm weather and that you can find the time to get outdoors and enjoy it...not long until Chelsea, the one week in the year where I am glued to the telly! Hugs, Lisa x