through the year
of households have a garden, but not everyone enjoys gardening.
For those that do, a garden is both a blessing and a challenge.
For those that do not it can be a burden and a misery. But it
needn't be - a garden can be as complicated and time consuming
as you want, and if time is at a premium then you can have a garden
that is relatively maintenance free, the choice is yours!
A garden is an expression of your personality. Don’t be
constrained by the tasks that you are supposed to do according
to the book, choose your tasks according to your mood. Plant in
a way that you like, and as long as you enjoy the garden that
you have created, that’s all that matters.
A garden isn’t just a place of work, but somewhere to enjoy,
a place of peace and rest. You will always be able to find jobs
to do in a garden; but sometimes you need to relax, and there's
nothing wrong with that- the weeds can wait for another day!
We've listed some monthly gardening tasks on this website, but
they're only suggestions - the most important thing is that you
enjoy your garden, the seeds you sow, the shrubs and trees you
plant and the fruits of your labours.
Don't leave it until Spring to start gardening!
cold outside now, but there's still plenty to be done to prepare
for the year ahead on the edible plot.
Start planning: The seed companies will be sending out their
2010 catalogues now, and these are a great place to start looking
at what you want to grow next year.
Prepare soil: Although you need to stay off your plot if it is
soggy wet, when it dries out, get out and start digging it over,
spreading organic matter and incorporating green manure. The more
you can do now, the better off you'll be in spring.
Clear away old crops: It's a good time to pick over the plot
and remove any old, decaying crops. Throw the debris on the compost
heap, or if it is diseased, burn it or dispose in some other way.
for next year's cropping can be drawn up and seeds and other planting
material ordered in good time. It is also worth getting in sufficient
canes, stakes, netting, fertiliser and pesticides to save time
later. Mail order suppliers and gardening clubs and societies
can offer significant savings over retail outlets.
When seeds arrive make a seed organiser and store the seed in
cool, dark dry conditions. Potato tubers can be laid out to sprout
or 'chit' in late winter. Clean out and wash seed trays, pots
and other containers ready for seed sowing in the spring.
Try something new this year!
If you are not used to growing your plants from seed, then why
not buy plug plants this year. One of the best reasons to develop
a vegetable, fruit or flower garden using plug plants is simply
because you are able to produce earlier blooms and earlier crops.
For instance, using strawberry plug plants might mean additional
fruit harvests from one planting.
Using a cucumber plug will likely result in more produce from
your garden. Using flower plugs means earlier blooms for a longer
season of color around your home. This is especially true when
you are planting flowers that typically take longer to develop
in a typical season. It might even allow you to plant flowers
that do not typically grow well in your region.