How Does Your Garden Grow? Our Simple Gardening Tips
In the UK, gardening is a hugely popular hobby for all generations. There’s nothing quite like the sense of accomplishment from seeing a flower you have nurtured, growing and blooming into something beautiful, or the satisfaction of eating your own tasty home-grown produce. Both the time spent in the fresh air, and also seeing the (literal) “fruits of your labours” will most certainly be good for your health and wellbeing.
Feed daffodils for better flowers
Daffodils are a hallmark of spring, and whilst they may look beautiful this year, they can look even more so the following year. Once your daffodils have flowered, removing any dead leaves and feeding them well will increase the levels of potassium in the bulbs. As a result, this will help next year’s bulbs to flourish. However, be careful not to remove any leaves for around the first six weeks after they flower.
Grow veg and flowers in tandem
Why not plant vegetables and flowers together? A huge benefit of doing this is it will help attract bees to pollinate the flowers which, in turn, will improve your vegetable crop! A particularly good combination is runner beans and sweet peas – make sure to plant your sweet peas in spring and runner beans in the summer. This will bring a lovely pop of colour to your veg patch.
Thicken up a patchy lawn
Spring is the ideal time to tend to your lawn and make sure it looks fabulous for summer! One tried and tested way to give your lawn a freshening up is to rake the grass gently in order to loosen the soil. After this, spike the ground with a fork and sprinkle in some general garden fertilizer, as well as some fresh grass seed. Rake in the seed and keep it all well-watered to help it grow. The bare patches should soon disappear!
Give roses a boost
Roses are the essence of an English garden. A nifty way to help them bloom beautifully and fully is to place left over banana skins in the planting holes. As the skin decomposes it releases magnesium, potassium and other nutrients which can boost the health and colour of the roses!
Add butterfly friendly plants
Nectar-rich flowers are a great way to entice beautiful (and highly beneficial) pollinators to your garden. Our top plant picks are the short-growing patio Buddleja ‘Buzz’, light and airy Verbena Bonariensis, stunning Sedum ‘Matrona’ and any of the late summer flowering Asters. If you love attracting wildlife to your garden, why not discover more ways to grow a butterfly-friendly garden, and how you can help the bees in your garden.