Spring is here and with the unusually warm weather for this time of year, our green spaces have been growing faster than usual; our wildlife have come out of hibernation early and some may still be sleeping in your compost heap.
Follow our simple do’s and don’ts for the garden this Spring
Garden, Wildlife and Compost:
- Don’t cut the grass just yet, wait until mid-March
- Do leave out water, and dry dog or cat food for hedgehogs, after dark, leave out food and cover what is left in the morning.
- Do clean out the old bird boxes in the garden and put up new ones. The best places to have them are in sheltered areas facing northeast.
- Don’t turn the compost heap just yet. Wait until April, as small mammals, frogs and insects may still be hibernating there.
- Do sow tomato and cucumber seeds in warm conditions like inside a greenhouse or beside a sun-facing window.
- Do encourage seed potatoes to sprout before planting by chitting. You can do this by placing them on a tray beside a warm, windowsill for 6-8 weeks before planting in the ground.
- Do Start early and sow your summer cabbage and Brussels sprouts on a seed tray or in a polytunnel and keep them under a cover (e.g. a plastic sheet).
- Do Sow hardy varieties of broad bean in the ground (if it is not frozen).
- Do can also plant delicious garlic and shallots and bare root strawberry plants now to enjoy over the long summer days.
Please make sure to tag us across social media if you are active in the garden! We would love to see what you get up to this Spring.