Keep marching on

Is it really March already?

Rather than panic, we need to embrace this time where things are on the move but not quite so fast that it feels overwhelming. It is important that we learn to enjoy our efforts in the garden rather than aiming to continuously create perfection - otherwise we are constantly chasing our heels, mowing lawns, digging weeds, watering, pruning and only sitting back when things start to fade.

We are waving farewell to winter and greeting spring with open arms, ready to take the journey of colourful vibrancy and tranquility that we so desperately seek.



Right now in Worcestershire, it does not feel like spring at all. A dank and miserable day so far which I hope diminishes as we enter the weekend. I am hoping to undertake a spot of Sunday gardening as my beds and borders are looking a little disheveled after storm Doris. Weeds have sprouted up from nowhere and I cant wait to get my hands on them!

So, what do we need to do this month that will get us prepared for warmer climates:

Mulch flower beds and borders:

If you suffer from heavy soil or wish to improve nutritional value to any native soil, mulching is highly beneficial. It will also neaten up planting areas and will help to retain moisture levels whilst suppressing those pesky weeds.

Weeding:

Weeds will look unsightly in flower beds and borders, although some of us will want to retain the more 'pretty' variety of weed such as a daisy, buttercup or dandelion.

Eradicate weeds you don't want by forking out and removing the entire root to prevent them from rearing their ugly heads once more. Alternatively, there are chemical solutions on offer, although these are not always conducive for those of us who wish to create an organic garden or those of us with children or animals.




Prune perennials:

A variety of herbaceous perennials will benefit from a range of pruning techniques that will encourage later, longer and more profuse flowering, improved aesthetics and repeat displays. Most plants benefit from pruning but check individual varieties and their tolerance to the type of pruning required.

Cut frost damaged plants:

Although we try to protect our plants as best we can, frost damage is often unavoidable. When we feel that all signs of frost have passed, prune out any damaged growth and cut back to an undamaged side shoot or bud.



Divide herbaceous perennials:

Dividing plants will not only mean that we have more of what we love in our garden, but it will also encourage healthy vigorous growth from the parent plant that will encourage better performance year after year. This is the best time to divide summer-flowering plants as the soil is dry enough to work (usually).

Provide and check supports:

After a grumpy storm Doris and subsequent blustery days, we should check plant supports and provide aid for those that will need them later on in the season. Check fence panels and other features in the garden such as sheds and greenhouses, ensuring there is no damage. If there is damage, now is the best time to rectify.

Sow seeds indoors:

If you are lucky enough to have a heated greenhouse or plenty of room within your own home, you may wish to sow seeds indoors, ready for planting out in flower beds and borders when the risk of frost has passed.

Plan your 2017 layout:

This the exciting bit - collate all your magazines, ideas and your Hayloft catalogues (of course) and plan your 2017 garden. What style do you want? What colour combinations would you like to see? What shapes and textures appeal to you the most? Are you aiming for a mixture of foliage and flowers?

Plan planting schemes and craft your perfect garden. Make 2017 the year you can fully embrace a sanctuary of calm and colour.



Good luck with your weekend missions! I cant wait to hear all about it!

Keep marching on Haylofters!


becky@hayloftplants.co.uk





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