There is no better time to prepare your garden for summer than National Gardening Week, especially now the coronavirus restrictions are changing. Whether you’re looking to plant a whole new bed of flowers, or simply need to tidy your garden, this is a great time to get started.
In this article, we’re going to look at how to effectively prepare your garden for summer while focusing on what National Gardening Week is all about.
What is National Gardening Week?
National Gardening Day is when gardeners of any level focus on their outdoor areas. This year, the week begins from Monday 26 April to Sunday 2 May. It is a perfect chance for gardeners to begin preparing their garden for the summer and get warmed up!
Initially, National Gardening Week was set up to celebrate gardening and encourage enthusiasts into sharing their tips and tricks. As the day has evolved, it now prompts people to do even the smallest tasks, like clearing their garden waste.
How can I prepare my garden for summer?
There are many ways to prepare your garden for the summer, even if you do something small like cutting the grass or throwing some old furniture away. Below are a few ways on how to tidy up and get your garden summer-ready.
Reuse your old items by upcycling
If you’ve got old plant pots or watering cans, don’t throw them away. Before you get rid of any item, you should check if you can upcycle it.
Here are some examples of how you can upcycle items for your garden.
- If you have an old watering can, food tin, or bottle, you can make them into plant pots by filling them with soil.
- Old ladders can make great shelves to store planted pots on!
- If you’ve upgraded your cutlery set, spoons make an impressive wind chime.
- Spare or used tiles are great for making “garden tags” that label your plants or vegetables – you can even add a unique painted design.
Clean up your tools
Now you’re going to be out in the garden more, make sure all your tools are clean and ready to go. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products, you help the environment by being sustainable and avoiding any harsh chemicals.
Cut the grass and remove weeds
As the weather improves, it is the prime time to get your grass cut. Once you’ve got freshly cut grass, you can immediately see the your garden’s potential.
As well as cutting the grass, make sure to remove all weeds. This will ensure that they don’t damage your plants and will keep your garden looking tidy.
Fertilise your soil
Fertilising your soil is crucial to give your plants their required nutrients. Although you can buy fertiliser from the shop, did you know you can use natural fertiliser?
You can use ground coffee, bananas, and eggshells to provide nutrients for your plants. Natural fertiliser means you’re using microorganisms in the soil to care for your plants effectively.
If you are getting rid of food waste, consider composting to reuse and recycle that energy. Mainly, any nonmeat food can be composted very easily.
If you have a plastic bucket with a lid, add your kitchen scraps in there. When the bucket is full, dig a small hole in your soil, place the waste in there, and cover it up.
As the food scraps begin to decompose, they add their nutrients to the soil to assist the growth of your plants and crops.
Tidy up and have a clear out!
Finally, the most important part about preparing your garden for summer is by having a tidy up and clear out.
Go through your garden, from top to bottom, and decide whether you’re going to keep, donate or throw away anything you find. If you need a system, have three labelled boxes that can help you through this process.
When you have decided what you’re going to dispose of, don’t just throw it into any random bin. If you have many items, consider hiring a skip to make the process a little less complicated. If you only have a small amount of garden waste, you can put it in your brown bin to be collected by the local council.
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