It’s the perfect time to get out in the garden!
With many of us staying at home due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, we have seen a surge in people looking for gardening tips and advice. We think it’s great that people are using this downtime to get green-fingered – it’s good for the body, the mind and the soil.
To come to your aid, Country Living Gardening Editor Paula McWaters shares 20 ideas to use your time productively in the garden.
Being confined to staying at home is unknown territory for most of us but if you can get out into the garden, even just to tend a few pots, there are absorbing, creative projects that can keep you happily occupied and help while away the time. You may well find that during this compulsory slow-down period you have the best-kept garden you’ve ever had.
Here are 20 ideas to draw you down the garden path…
1. Create some sunshine – We need happy faces around us and sunflowers definitely have those. Order some seed online, sow it in pots on a warm windowsill and plant the seedlings out once the danger of frost is past.
2. Pot up some veg – Herbs, salad leaves, spinach, beetroot, dwarf French beans, potatoes and dwarf carrots will all do well in containers. Look at dobies.co.uk, suttons.co.uk, chilternseeds.co.uk and seedsofitaly.com for interesting varieties. Cut-and-come-again salad leaves are especially quick.
3. Get speedy results – You can skip the seed sowing stage and go straight to plug plants – organicplants.co.uk offers high-quality reliable plants as does pippagreenwood.com. Or order a patio vegetable collection of plugs from suttons.co.uk.
4. Mow-tivate yourself (Sorry!) – If the weather is reasonable, dust down the mower and get out there. Set the blades to about 2.5cm to avoid any scalping and then trim the edges with long-handled shears. Remember to leave a bit of your lawn un-mown to welcome wildlife.
5. Get some order – Re-edging the lawn is surprisingly satisfying and it magically – and speedily – improves the appearance of your garden overall. Ideally use a half-moon shaped edging tool or a garden spade. To change the lawn’s shape, lay hosepipe as a guide.
6. Make more plants – You can make your border perennials go further by splitting them up. Dig them up, split them with two garden forks back-to-back and replant them. You will get two to four new plants from one.
7. Get raking – If you fancy a vigorous task that will give you a workout and get your heart pumping, rake the lawn. Use a spring-tined rake and energetically pull out the moss and dead grass cuttings by raking in all directions.
8. Spring clean the terrace – A pressure washer will blast away winter grime but be warned: it can be a bit addictive. Once you have that lance in your hand you’ll be tempted to wash everything in sight. Waterproof trousers, a kagoule, and wellies are essential! Remember, for every pair of wellies sold in March and April, Joules will plant a tree.
9. Open a bird café – Send off for some feeders and bird food and get started –birdfood.co.uk offer everything from sunflower hearts to suet cakes.
10. Make a mini meadow – Do your bit for wild plants that are under threat by sowing some native plants into a window box, on a balcony or in a corner of your garden. Selections include bee, butterfly, urban meadow and shade mixes.
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