Hello Gazette readers,
February is known for being one of the coldest months of the year, keeping this is mind you need to keep your garden and yourself warm.
Planning your garden for the rest of the year is a great way to get a head start.
Why not get into the garden to carry out that much needed garden maintenance, ready for spring?
Or have a new design for your garden ready for the long summer days?
Getting your garden ready for the Spring:
Giving your garden some TLC – Adding fresh compost from my compost bin, if you don’t have any you can use store-bought. To add nutrients to the soil. Or I prefer to use well-rotted manure. This will continue to have an exothermic reaction, which in turn warms the soil and roots giving the plants a great start.
Prepping your garden tools – Clean of the tools with soap and water to make sure they are ready for the job, this helps get rid of any fungal spores, Jeyes fluid is another option. Don’t forget however to grease or oil them up to stop them rusting. To help prevent the wood from splintering, use mineral spirits on any wooden handles.
Weeding – You need to ensure your garden is weed free. Your garden can become over run with weeds if you do not stay on top of the removal of these. The most effective way to remove them is using weed killer. At JHPS Gardens we use a systemic weed killer, which not only kills the tops of the weeds but also the roots.
Top Tips this February:
• Purchase some plant supports ready for you to use to support your herbaceous plants as they begin to grow.
• To increase the light reaching the plants, move potted plants into a sunnier position to allow more sunlight.
• Pick off any damaged leaves to give your garden that needed tidy-up and make it look refreshed after the winter.
Jason is a professional gardener and landscaper, and owner of JHPS-Gardens Ltd.
He regularly writes a piece for our website, plus the Sentinel newspaper, and is a go to expert on BBC Radio Stoke’s Gardening programme.