Things to do in early Spring

Bray People - - SPRING GARDENING -

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.

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