With no Gardeners’ World on this week to keep the UK right on what jobs to be getting on with this weekend (gardeners are losing out to the snooker), here’s a wee list to get you started on your Bank Holiday weekend jobs:
- If you haven’t yet given your grass the first cut of the season, time to set the blades on high and get mowing ! An hour behind a hand-push lawn mower can burn as many as 500 calories if you need another reason to get going!
- It’s time to start Weeding with a capital W! As the soil temperature warms up, the weeds are starting to get going and if you can get ahead of them now, you’ll give yourself a pat on the back later. A light turn of the soil is all that’s really needed before the weedlings take firm root.
- After you’ve turned the soil and pulled out any bigger weeds, scatter some Fish, Blood and Bone, a general fertilizer, around the base of the plants in the border to give them a Spring feed. It’s an easy and quick job.
- Buy some compost or top soil to mulch around everything that’s been weeded and fed. It’ll keep the weeds down a bit if you put it on at a depth of a few inches by blocking out the light, it boosts the existing soil and feeds the plants and, it will make your freshly weeded and fed boders look brand new!
- Pour a glass of wine or a large G & T and look at your work, from the warm of a window if the weather doesn’t pick up this weekend. With some attention now to your borders and a freshly cut lawn, your garden will be transformed from dull, Winter weariness to a Spring sensation!