5 spring gardening tips
Is that a glimmer of sun we spot peeking out from behind the clouds? It's beginning to feel as though spring might just be in the air. So, why not seize the opportunity to break out the trowels and get to grips with the garden, as it's finally coming back to life after a long hibernation.
Make a start on your garden rejuvenation with these five simple jobs which will stand you in good stead when brighter days do come around.
1. Sort and tidy the garden shed ready for the busy time ahead
No matter how carefully you think you've stowed everything away, the first time you open the garden shed after the winter break you're likely to be in for an unpleasant surprise. Sweep out the leaves and cobwebs and make sure all your tools are clean - you'll thank yourself for it in a few weeks' time.
2. Plant up containers with spring bedding and bulbs
A splash of colour by the front door or on the patio will help you forget about the miserable weather outside. Your local garden centre will be best placed to advise on the plant varieties that will thrive in your part of the country, but take a look at these beautiful spring containers for inspiration.
3. Sow tomato seeds in plant pots on the kitchen windowsill
You don't need a greenhouse to get going on your veggies; a windowsill will do just as well. Follow the instructions on the packet and the seeds should germinate easily, (and this is good one to get children involved with if you're running out of ways to entertain them). You can also sow cucumbers and peppers, especially if you do have a greenhouse to grow them on in when the weather picks up.
4. Prune your roses if you haven't already done so...
...but keep an eye on the weather forecast and avoid pruning if a frost is forecast.
5. Edge the lawn to tidy it up, even if you're not able to cut it yet
It's depressing having to look out of the window at a lawn that's grown scraggy and whiskery over the winter. Sorting out the edges neatens everything up (though do be careful to avoid walking on the lawn if it's frozen; you'll bruise the grass, and it can take weeks to recover).
Once you've done all of that, get yourself back inside and have a cup of tea. You're nicely set up to get going as soon as the weather breaks.