Give Your Garden A Head Start This Spring

If you find that your garden always seems to be lacking compared to what you would want from it, then you might want to look at some of the ways in which you can give it a head start. As it happens, this can be easier than you might think, and the good news is that there is no such thing as a lost cause when it comes to your garden. But whether or not you consider yourself a competent gardener, it’s worth looking at some of the things you can do to help your garden along this spring. Consider the following if you want your garden to really flourish well this year, and you’re not entirely sure where to begin.

Plant Seeds Early

If you are planning to have plenty of flowers and plants in your garden, then it is always best to start planting those seeds as early as you can. You can of course alternatively choose to buy plants already matured, but it is much more pleasing to do it from seed, and if you are careful you can even make it more successful than ones you might buy in the garden nursery. However, you will want to make sure that you buy and plant those seeds nice and early, which means being well prepared and happy to get out in the garden, come rain or shine. What actual time of year to plant seeds depends from plant to plant. For some brassicas, you can wait until late May, while for leafy greens and many flowers you want to do it in April. Regardless, make sure you are planting your seeds as early as is recommended on the packet, and you will be giving your garden a better chance of flourishing in the summer.

Use A Greenhouse

As well as planting the seeds early, you also want to make sure that you are creating the best possible conditions for them to grow. In general, seeds need a lot of light, heat and moisture in order to germinate and ge sprouting. If you live in a climate where this is unlikely to happen in April and May, then you might want to consider using a greenhouse. This can be a literal greenhouse, if you have one – or you are happy to build one. Or if you don’t have the space, time or inclination, you might instead choose to create the greenhouse effect some other way. If you have been considering building a conservatory, now might be the time to leaf through and get building. Or for a simpler approach, you can create the greenhouse effect just by putting your seeds in a shop-bought windowsill propagator, or by putting them in pots and covering with cling film until germinated. Any of these methods will ensure you have much more growing even sooner in your garden, so it’s well worth considering them.

Mulch Out The Beds

If you are to plant out lots of plants later in the Spring, then you will want to make sure that you have properly prepared the garden as best as you can. When it comes to getting the flower beds ready, this is a simple case of mixing in some mulch, such as manure or just compost, and sprinkling in some fertilizer as well. As long as you do this, you are providing your flower beds with the necessary sustenance to grow flowers and plants properly, and you will absolutely notice a profound difference in the beauty of the garden on the whole. It is actually ideal to mulch out and prepare the soil in the previous winter, but doing it now will also produce some great results and still be extremely beneficial for your garden on the whole. With well-prepared soil, you can be sure that your garden has a much better start this year, so make sure you don’t overlook this step. Take a look at for advice on mulching out.

Attract Pollinators

Your garden needs pollinators if the flowers are to grow and in particular if you are trying to grow vegetables. The easiest way to ensure that you attract pollinators into your garden is to buy a seed mix of wildflowers which are bee-friendly, and plant them around your borders in your lower beds. This will attract the bees, but also help to distract other insects from your other plants once they are fully grown. Get the pollinators, and your garden will flourish much more easily and look much more beautiful on the whole.


1 Comment

  1. Stella
    12th June 2018 / 5:13 pm

    Using greenhouse is one of my preferred ways in gardening. These tips are awesome. I got to learn many new tricks.

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