SPRING GARDENING

As winter comes to an end, it's a great time to get out in your garden and plant your beds for spring. With the right planning and best tools for each job, you can sow the seeds for beautiful borders all through the year.

Spring Gardening.

STEP BY STEP - HOW TO PLANT A BORDER

WHAT IS A SPRING BORDER?

Spring borders are all about sprucing up your beds following the winter and watching them add life and colour to your garden for the rest of the year. Planting in early spring means that your borders should be in full bloom by the time the weather is warm again.

STEP 1 - PREPARE YOUR GARDEN

Before you can make your borders beautiful, you'll need to plan where you want to plant and get rid of any troublesome weeds. Tidy up any plants that survived the winter and choose an area for planting that enjoys regular sunshine. Garden forks are best for forcing out weeds from their roots and a specialist weed puller can help make easy work of any that are particularly deep and tough to remove.

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STEP 2 - REJUVENATE YOUR SOIL

After a long winter, your soil is probably due a little love. Use a strong spade to turn over the soil and break up any compact areas that could harm growth. Loosening the soil helps to improve aeration and drainage, while you can also fertilise the ground with compost or mulch to give it extra food for growth.

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STEP 3 - GET PLANTING

You'll need to dig holes large and deep enough to fit each new plant. Once your plants are in, use a trowel to fill in the soil around the base and ensure they are tightly embedded. Not sure what plants are best for the season? Pansies, tulips and lilacs are just a handful of spring favourites.

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STEP 4 - KEEP THEM WATERED

Once your plants are in and covered, make sure they thrive by keeping your garden well-watered. Grab a watering can, or a hose if they're really thirsty, giving them the essential moisture they need to grow well.

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GET READY FOR SPRING

RAISED BEDS

WHAT IS A RAISED BED?

Raised beds are containers that are used to grow a variety of plants and vegetables. Not only are they an eye-catching addition to any garden, but they also have several advantages over ground-level flower beds. You can buy them pre-made, but it is also possible to make them yourself.

How to plant a raised border

BENEFITS OF RAISED BEDS

1 - AERATION AND DRAINAGE

Soil added to a raised planter tends to be quite loose, which means air can reach plant roots far easier than when plants are in the ground. This has a similar advantage for drainage, as water seeps into the bed, rather than running away.

2 - PREPARATION

There are likely to be less weeds with a raised bed, meaning less work to prepare them for spring. And as they are raised off of the ground, closer to the sun, they will thaw much faster than soil on the ground, allowing you to start planting earlier in the season.

3 - MOBILITY

Not only do raised planters require less bending down to do your gardening, but you may even be able to move some raised planters to a better spot in your garden. If they're small enough, and have a solid bottom, you may be able to transport a raised bed to area of the garden that gets more sunlight.

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