Isn’t this a great time of year? I’d like everything to slow down a bit so I can relish the new, fresh green of the garden and all the lovely blossom in the hedgerows around here.
It’s a good time to get out into the garden and do a few things, not a lot, just potter and enjoy being outside.
- Sow hardy annual flower seeds directly into the soil. Calendula (English marigold), cornflowers, poppies and sunflowers are all good ones. Have a look here at a previous post about how to do this.
- Weeding may sound a bit dull, but these simple, mindless tasks are very relaxing. Rewarding too, because weeds are determined little blighters that will quickly take over given half the chance, get them now before they flower and set seed everywhere and there’ll be less to do later. Since their roots are relatively small and the soil still dampish, they come out quite easily.
- Sow some vegetable seeds such as lettuce, rocket and carrots, and you can start off squash, courgettes, runner and french beans in the greenhouse. You’ll be so pleased that you did when you start harvesting in a few weeks time. More about growing vegetables from seed here.
- Tie in climbers such as Clematis as they start to grow, be gentle as they can snap quite easily.
- Cutting the grass always makes a big difference to how the garden looks, have a look at this previous post if you want tips for having a nice lawn without resorting to chemicals.
Working on the principle of minimum effort for maximum impact, just a few little jobs now will mean more time to enjoy your garden in the summer, and that’s mostly what it’s all about.