Things to do in early Spring
WINTER FINALLY beats retreat. This is the very moment, the new beginning, the moment that any gardener is waiting after the gray days of winter. Is the perfect moment, the sun shows its friendly rays again after the long night. The days are getting longer and the whole nature is coming back to life. The garden will be once again full of green and colors. Is finally spring, the moment when you go out and get your hands dirty, such a good feeling. Try and plan out your work in the garden, especially seed sowing and propagation plans, setting weekly targets and noting them in a garden journal.
The first flowers of the year are now fading out - we are talking about the snowdrops - but they are ‘in the green’ stage, the best moment for them to be lift and divide if they are in congested clumps. Lift the whole clump, tease apart and then replant individual bulbs at a wider spacing but at the same depth as they were before. It is also the good time for buying new snowdrops and to plant them in your garden.
As the sun is becoming more friendly, the soil will start to warm, and when the conditions are right is a good time to plant up new herbaceous beds with perennials. If you want real colors in your summer garden is a good time now to start planting out lily bulbs, gladioli corms and dahlias tubers but protect the emerging shoots from late frosts by covering them with straw or fleece.
Finish planting fruit trees and bushes as soon as possible and give an early start to your strawberries by covering the rows with tunnel cloches to encourage early flowering and fruiting.
If you want a better garden this year, now is the best time to improve your garden soil, suppress annual weeds and conserve the moisture by spreading a thick layer of compost over the soil. Spread mulches generously along raspberries rows and around fruit trees and bushes. Continue sprinkling sulphate or potash and general fertilizer around fruit trees, bushes and strawberries.
If still late frost are forecast, remember to protect the blooms of your cherry trees, currants and any other early-flowering fruit from damaging frost.
The first flowers of the year are now fading out - we are talking about the snowdrops - but they are ‘in the green’ stage, the best moment for them to be lifted and divided if they are in congested clumps.