Get gardening this spring!

15 Mar 2021

As we say goodbye to winter, it’s time to focus on your outdoor living space, the perfect place for entertaining. No matter the size of your planting space, get ready now and reap the rewards in the warmer months ahead. Here are a few ideas to get you started whether you have a garden, balcony, terrace or no outside space at all!

If you are a keen gardener, or just love to light up the BBQ, here are some ideas to prepare your garden for summer.

  1. Spring clean – Clear up any fallen leaves or debris on your lawn and tidy up those boarders. Jet wash your patio and prepare your lawn for its first cut!
  2. Care for your plants – Tidy up your shrubs and trees to keep them healthy and optimize the production of flowers and berries.
  3. Seed sowing time – If you are planning to brighten up your garden with plants or create a veggie patch, the first step is to sow your seeds. Plant your seeds in well-drained soil in an area of the garden that gets a good amount of sunlight. You may need to put down some compost depending on the soil. Some easy-to-maintain flowers, vegetables and herbs to sow are:
    • Radishes (sow from February)
    • Sunflowers (sow from March to May)
    • Nasturtium (sow from April to May)
    • Marigolds (sow from February to May)
    • Parsley (sow from March to May)
    • Sweet peas (sow in March or April)
  4. Create an entertainment area – This could just be a chair or two to sit out and enjoy the sun. Try adding lights to brighten up the area, garden furniture accessorized with cushions to give it a comfy feel, plant pots to add a bit of colour or a cover such as a pergola or gazebo so the rain doesn’t spoil the fun!

Indoor Gardens
Do you live in an apartment and dream of a garden? It’s time to bring the outdoors in with a gardenless garden. Larger house plants and indoor hanging baskets will help create an inviting and calming space. Here are some ideas to get you started .

  1. Window box garden– Herbs love a sunny window sill and happily grow in small pots. Why not plant things that you can use in salads or cocktails in the warmer months and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Some of the easiest herbs to grow indoors are:
    • Lemon grass
    • Mint
    • Parsley
    • Chives
    • Cress
  2. House plants – There are many indoor house plants that are stylish, easy to maintain and really brighten up a room. It has been proven that house plants can also boost both your mood and productivity, so are the perfect addition to your home. Look after your house plants by repotting them in spring. This will help them to grow and stay healthy.

Are you a keen gardener but only have a balcony? Do not let that stop you! Balcony gardening was trending during lockdown, and you can create a mood boosting space of your own. Here are some ideas to bring some green to your balcony.

  1. Plants – Brighten up your balcony with hanging baskets, planters and pots. Use a variety of flowers, shrubs and trees to add colour and privacy. Here are some of the best plants to grow on a balcony:
    • Marigolds
    • Begonias
    • Chrysanthemum
    • Pansy’s
    • Fuchsia
    • Hydrangeas
  2. Create an area to relax – Adding a bistro set to your balcony will give you an outside area to relax, dine and entertain whilst enjoying the views of your local area . Adding rugs, cushions and lanterns will make it feel like an extension of your living space to be enjoyed any time of day.
  3. Herbs and vegetables – Use pots and grow bags to create a vegetable patch on your balcony. Here are some herbs and vegetables that do not require a lot of space to grow:
    • Mint
    • Parsley
    • Basil
    • Celery
    • Kale
    • Tomatoes
    • Peppers
    • Cucumber

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