Gardening tips always come in handy. Especially now, when in true British fashion, the weather seems to have changed overnight. While we were walking around in the snow what feels like a few days ago, the sun now seems to have found us again and the temperatures are finally rising again. While we are all eagerly awaiting the day we can go back out into the garden and enjoy the weather, it is a good idea to make a head start on your spring gardening. There are a lot of jobs you can get done now and that you will be able to reap the benefits of later on in the spring. We have already got a handy blog ready for you to help you get your garden ready for spring, and below you will find some more tips to help you make the most of your outside space in early spring.
A lot of flowers can be sown in March. Start with hardy annuals, but make sure to prepare the ground well first. Clear the weeds and rake the soil to a fine tilth. Don’t fertilise the soil but go straight in with your seeds. Examples of great hardy annuals to plant in March are clarkia, cornflowers, and Ladybird papaver, as well wildflower mixes. Sweet peas are also great to plant in March, as are fast-growing perennials such as echinacea, coreopsis, and lupin. Keep in mind that you will have to grow the latter in seed trays first before moving them outside to their final growing places!
When taking stock of what you have already got in your garden, take special note of nectar- and pollen-rich plants. If you have not already got some in your garden, make sure to make a note to get some that you can add in on your next trip to your garden centre. The same goes for pond plants. By adding plants such as brooklime and water forget-me-not, you will make your pond a home for breeding amphibians such as newts. If you add submerged plants such as hornwort and curled pondweed, you will ensure that tadpoles have somewhere to shelter from predators, and they’ll oxygenate your water too.
While it might seem like we’re coming into an easier time of year for garden wildlife, March can actually be a very difficult month. Temperatures can still fall below zero at night, so insects might still be sheltering. This means that for birds, who will have eaten most of the berries available over the last few months, it is hard to get food. They can often go hungry, which can have dramatic results at a time when they need to be in top form so they can breed. Therefore, continue (or start!) feeding birds calorie-rich foods such as sunflower heart, fat balls, and suet nibbles. This will help them get ready for breeding. It is also a lovely sight and sound to have birds fluttering around in your garden.
Hedgehogs are also set to come out of hibernation in March, and they will be on the lookout for food so they can build up their fat reserves for breeding. You can leave out water and meat-based cat and dog food for them to help them along. Chicken flavour is best for them, and preferably in jelly not gravy. Make sure to leave it out at night and remove any of the food that is left in the morning.
Hopefully, this has got your green thumbs itching with excitement to get into the garden. Make sure to let us know if these gardening tips have helped you in the comments below!
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