Tips for your Eco Garden in April – A little sunshine and some cherry blossom and hey presto! Spring is here.
We are all looking for ways to bring more joy, happiness and laughter into our lives in 2021. And nothing will make you smile quite as much as a selection of bright and breezy sunflowers! Research has found that brighter colours in the garden fill us with confidence and optimism to truly lift the spirit, it is no wonder, therefore, that one of the Pantone colours of the year is ’13-0647 Illuminating’, a bright and wondrous yellow.
So why not:
Grow some Burpee Europe blooms where you can see them through a window or as you open your patio doors in the morning
Bring the joy inside with summery cut flower displays
Take time to enjoy all those butterflies and bees that just LOVE these flowers
Despite the rainy days and cold nights the daffodils, crocuses and tulips are in bloom. It’s an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth and the chance to start sowing outdoors too. Just watch out for frosts that may destroy all your hard work in nurturing your early plants to bud and bloom.
A wide selection of bulbs are available at garden centres so now is the perfect time to start planning which plants you’d like to have outdoors during spring and summer!
With a smart garden, you can start growing these plants ahead of time, then transplant them outdoors as the weather improves.
Planting your Summer-flowering bulbs now will give a variety of beautiful hues in your garden for June and July and later flowering bulbs to provide your garden with a splash of colour in September.
Always prepare the soil first and ensure that drainage is sufficient to prevent the bulbs from rotting. Bulbs bring lots of glorious blooms for minimal effort because they are easy, once planted properly; they only need regular watering to ensure success.
Frost occurs when temperatures fall below 0ºC (32ºF) – and you’ll see small white crystals on the ground and other surfaces. When the frost is forecast, consider protecting your soft fruit bushes and trees with fleece overnight and then remove during the day when the temperature rises. Ideally, protect soft fruit such as strawberries with cloches or a double covering of fleece, again remove or opening the protective layer in the day to allow pollinators to do their stuff.
Trees and Shrubs
Feed trees, shrubs, and hedges with a balanced fertilizer now. This will particularly benefit young, weak, damaged or heavily pruned plants.
Mow when dry – whenever the grass is growing – try to maintain a constant height and over-seed unsightly dead patches from mid-April to early May. Now is the time to remove old plant debris and moss with a spring-tine rake.
Conservatory – Increase the watering of indoor and conservatory plants as days lengthen. Check if plants need watering every few days.
Don’t forget to give greenhouse plants more space as they put on new growth. This will help to prevent disease and to contain early pest infestations
Birds and Wildlife
Attracting wildlife and providing a home in your garden is great natural pest control. You can provide natural habitats that are being lost in the wild. Why not try ‘Butterfly Attractant’ it is based on natural plant extract formulation and encourages the most beautiful and delicate garden insects to settle in your garden.
Keeping chickens for eggs: If you are thinking about keeping chickens – to produce eggs, three hens are probably enough to supply you with eggs all year, although most hens will stop laying during the winter unless you provide them with artificial light. For more information about keeping chickens visit Keeping-Chickens here.
Reclaim and Recycle
Take a look at galvanised steel planters. With vintage styling and a rustic appearance, these planters offer a striking way to display your favourite plants, flowers, herbs or small trees.