Mid Spring - fresh growth

Bray People - - SPRING GARDENING -

IN MID spring the gar­dens are full of life, we are now truly into the spring sea­son, the mo­ment of fresh growth and the most ex­cit­ing sea­son of all sea­sons in the gar­den. Ev­ery­thing be­gin to look green and full of life and the warmer days take us out for longer mo­ments. Is the mo­ment of true joy in ev­ery gar­dener’s heart and one of the busiest sea­son in the gar­den.

The warmer days pro­vide ideal con­di­tions for all plants and ev­ery­thing will come to life to transform the gar­den in a place full of col­ors and fla­grances. The small crea­tures that have over­win­tered in our gar­dens also come back to life from their win­ter hi­ber­na­tion.

The small seedlings that ap­pear in the trays are the re­sult of the weather con­di­tions that give them the light and warmth and help them to be­come stronger. Some hardy an­nu­als can now be sown di­rectly out­side in the place you want them to grow for the sum­mer dis­play. Be care­ful to keep a straight row when you sow so you can be able to dis­tin­guish the flow­ers from the weeds that are also start­ing their growth pe­riod.

You can plant glad­i­oli corms, dahlias tu­bers and chrysan­the­mums out­side, in groups of one va­ri­ety for a bet­ter dis­play. You can start di­vid­ing large and con­gested clumps of dec­o­ra­tive grasses or spread­ing peren­ni­als and you can re­move the win­ter pro­tec­tion from the con­tain­ers.

You can start the clip­pings on the new growth of the dec­o­ra­tive hedges, do­ing this for main­te­nance or to give them a new look by cre­at­ing top­i­ary. Also re­mem­ber to prune back the flow­er­ing shoots of for­sythia as soon as its flow­ers have faded.

Now is a per­fect time for a gen­eral fer­til­iza­tion and weed-killing us­ing gen­eral fer­til­izer and mulch of bark or com­post. For hav­ing good crops this year, give some ex­tra at­ten­tion to your fruit­ing trees by help­ing them with a good fer­til­izer and spread­ing mulch of com­post around them to con­serve soil mois­ture and keep the weeds down. Plant disease-re­sis­tant va­ri­eties and pro­tect the rest of the oth­ers by spray­ing them with a sys­temic fungi­cide.

Mid spring is the time to start the sowing in the veg­etable gar­den too, sow or plant di­rectly out­side: herbs, let­tuce, broad beans, onion, peas, sal­ads, pota­toes or car­rots un­der cloches.

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