As it’s National Gardening Week (10-16 April) this week, we’re here to guide you to getting the most from your garden this summer; there are a number of jobs you can do this week, and into the end of the month, to stand you in good stead for sitting back and enjoying your outside space come summertime…
- Pick off any developing seed heads on daffodils and other spring bulbs, but leave the foliage to die back naturally.
- Sow tomatoes, chillies, sweet peppers and aubergines in pots indoors. Sow sweet peas in deep pots and keep them frost free in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. Sow hardy annuals, such as love-in-a-mist and pot marigolds, as well as native wildflowers, into gaps in borders.
- Prick out seedlings growing in pots and trays as soon as they produce their first true leaves, and protect the new shoots of hostas, delphiniums, lupins and other vulnerable plants from slugs and snails.
- Take down bubble insulation in the greenhouse once temperatures start to rise, to let in more light.
- Mow lawns once they start back into growth and re-cut the edges with a half-moon edging tool. Lay turf or sow grass seed to create a new lawn or repair damaged patches.
National Gardening Week focuses on ways to inspire home gardeners to gain new green skills, as well as highlighting the many health benefits of growing plants and being active outdoors. The four RHS Gardens are also joining in the National Gardening Week fun by hosting a range of activities and projects from simple kitchen windowsill growing to container gardening, so there’s something to interest everyone. The RHS is also encouraging organisations across Britain to get involved and hold their own events, from spring walks to gardening workshops. To find out more, click here.