Daffs int he snow

February in the Garden

Hi, Hello and Welcome to my very first “In the garden”. Here you will find out about some of the things we have been getting up to, in both our customers and our own garden.

Hi, Hello and Welcome to my very first “In the garden”. Here you will find out about some of the things we have been getting up to, in both our customers and our own garden.

What’s been happening;

Cutting back the Ornamental Grasses

This time consuming brute needs doing asap if you haven’t started yet. The big grasses are a cracking addition to any garden but can easily become to big for the area. These should be cut down to just a couple of inches from the ground to allow the new growth to come through

Trimming the winter flowering shrubs

I don’t know about you but this one isn’t easy when some of the shrubs haven’t decided weather they want to keep going or not.  One of our customers has a beautiful Viburnum tinus that seems to have been flowering since Autumn and does not seem to show signs of slowing. Once you do decide to give them a hair cut don’t forget to use nice clean sharp secateurs

Veg Patch Preparation

This seems to be a big part of my life at the moment. You may already have a few veggies sown already (Garlic for example) but now is a good time if not. Don’t forget to use the walking boards once you’ve prepared the ground

Pruning Apple Trees

If you didn’t know already, here at Gweal Mellin we have some 364 apple and it is pruning season. Luckily for us the are a mix of 2 and 3 year old trees here but remember if you’re doing your own to follow the 3 D’s (Dead, Diseased and Damaged). Also, the water shots need to be clipped back and suckers removes

Summer Bulbs

We’ve been planting summer bulbs in a few gardens including our own. The Alliums and Lillies that are available are quite literally breath taking and for me bank breaking (I’d have the lot if I could). One of my personal favourites  is the Allium Nigrum aka Pink Jewel.  The problem with Alliums is the price, yes the initial outlay can be a little higher than other bulbs but you get rewarded with a cracking returning flower

Jetwashing

This has been a great one for me as it is good wet weather work. It’s a great time now to do your drive ways, paths and decking. The cleaning paving stones or decking will make any walks to the garden a lot less treacherous. It ‘s also a great time to get those green houses in top shape.

What can you be doing

Aside from the above and amongst the many other things that need doing in the garden, here are a few things that you could do

Get in the Green House

Now, it’s a little early but with the right care you can start off some of the green house plants and get a nice early crop. You can than sow so more seeds in a month and so on and so on

We’ve sown Tomatoes and sweet peas as these are mothers favourites. It’s important to make sure they get plenty of light else they’ll become leggy and useless.

Nest Boxes

Again you may or may not know that we’re also about conservation here at Gweal Mellin. If it wasn’t for the fact that mother loves birds then we’d be putting these up any way. Some birds eat slugs and the enemy of my enemy is my friend

Crop Rotation and Other Planning

It’s a great time (especially during these wet days) to get yourself a cuppa and get planning. The Veggie patch will need rotating v’s last year which is high on my list but also think about the new things you might want to see in your garden this year. Think back to all the episodes where Monty Don inspired you and make a plan to make it happen

Well that’s all from me for now, it’s time to walk the dog in the rain. Enjoy the last of Winter and most of all enjoy your garden

Catch you Dreckly

Nick

P.s. For your viewing pleasure, here is a beautiful Long Tailed Tit. It was trying to get in my window which as you can see, wasn’t the cleanest but enjoy all the same

long tailed tit

 

Written by Nick Hill for Gweal Mellin

 

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