Although it might not quite feel like it yet, spring is just around the corner. As the weather grows warmer and the days become longer many of us are looking to make a start on our garden displays for the new season.
If you are a new homeowner or you are simply not familiar with gardening, we wanted to share with you some helpful tips that should allow you to get green fingered this year and become an expert gardener in 2020.
Here are some of the tips and tricks you need to know as a novice gardener to allow you to make the most of your outside space this year!
- Germinate seeds indoors now
Although the weather isn’t really warm enough for plants to grow yet, it doesn’t mean that you can’t start to cultivate your bedding plants ready for April. Now is the ideal time for you to buy some fibre pots from the garden centre and plant seeds in your home. Seeds such as marigolds and sweet peas are super easy to grow, and once they germinate and grow, you will be able to watch them grow before planting them in the garden in spring!
- Go for annuals
If you are looking for a full-proof method to get yourself a stunning garden by the middle of April/May, you should use annuals. Annual plants will flower within 12 weeks of sowing so for those of you who don’t have a lot of time, this could be a wonderful opportunity for you to get some colour in your garden soon. which are grown from seed and then die the same year, are the easiest plants to grow. Within 12 weeks of sowing, an annual will be flowering its socks off. The secret of success is to understand that their sole purpose in life is to make seed, so if you dead-head them regularly, they will keep on making more flowers in a desperate attempt to produce seed.
- Extend flowering time
As you may know, the sole purpose of plant flowers are to produce seeds in order to reproduce and spread. As a result of this, if you deadhead flowers regularly during their growth period they will quickly produce more flowers to produce more seeds. Deadheading your plants can extend the flowering period by a country mile so be sure to try this out!
- Failsafe flowers to always sow
If you are new to gardening, you might not know your crocus from your crocosmia and that makes the prospect of picking new flowers very daunting. So for those of you who have no knowledge of flowers here are some safe options that will thrive in pretty much any condition:
- Californian poppy
- Opium poppy
- Add lots of light
Plants need light to live. They photosynthesise light and use this as fuel to grow, therefore many plants need a sunny space to grow. If you have large shrubs or trees blocking light from your plants consider cutting them down or trimming them. You can also use solar lights or find outdoor lighting fixtures for sale as artificial light for your plants if you need an extra boost!