As winter transitions to spring in the coming months, it will be essential to ready your garden for the upcoming growing season. Here’s a guide on what you can do between January and March to ensure your garden is prepared and thriving:
Prune and Tidy Up:
Trim winter shrubs and prune roses before new growth starts. This encourages healthy growth and shapes your plants for the season ahead. Take a look at this handy pruning tool from Stihl – the GTA 26 Cordless Pruning Saw
Once the soil is workable, add a layer (5cm or more) of compost or well-rotted manure to your beds. This enriches the soil, providing essential nutrients for your plants.
Start sowing seeds indoors for plants that require a longer growing season. This includes tomatoes, peppers, and certain flowers. Check seed packets for specific guidelines.
Fertilise your beds with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser. This boosts soil fertility and supports healthy plant growth.
Checklists for Specific Plants:
Refer to gardening checklists for March to ensure you address specific needs for various plants in your garden.
Protect Against Frost:
Be mindful of potential late frosts. Cover vulnerable plants or bring potted plants indoors during cold snaps.
Consider Crop Rotation:
If you have a vegetable garden, plan for crop rotation to prevent soil-borne diseases and maintain soil health.
Remove debris, weeds, and dead plant material to create a clean slate for new growth. This also minimises hiding places for pests. The Husqvarna 125BVX Blower Vacuum is ideal for this task.
Inspect Garden Tools:
Check and clean your gardening tools. Sharpen blades and oil moving parts, and ensure everything is in good working condition. We would advise that you use a range of oils & lubricants which we sell at Landpower Machinery
Plan Your Garden Layout:
Use this time to plan your garden layout, considering sunlight, water accessibility, and companion planting principles.
Following these steps set the foundation for a vibrant and productive garden in the coming spring. Each task plays a crucial role in promoting plant health, preventing issues, and maximising your garden’s potential.