It’s never too early to start thinking about spring. Indeed, some daffodils are already poking their heads through, even if they’re carrying a little frost… a few hours in the garden now can get you ahead for the warmer months, when growth will really ramp up, and the to-do list becomes far too long. So wrap up warm, grab a hot tea, and come outside with me this month!
Unless your ground is frozen, weeding should be easy this month, and it’ll really pay if you get ahead with this task! Leaving the weeds in place means you’ll forget about them come the spring rush, and before you know it they’ll be four foot tall and spraying their babies everywhere!
The Grumpy Gardener Extendable Cultimate Weeder is a simple to use tool that targets weeds effectively, even slicing between paving, and reaching guttering. You won’t need to bend or reach, and you can even do it one handed, keeping that hot tea in the other hand of course!
Bare root plants such as this Plants2Gardens Rose Nostalgia or Thompson & Morgan Perennial Collection, are basically dormant plants lifted from the nursery beds whilst they’re in their winter slumber period. It’s like buying the raw material of the plant, and you won’t be paying for the pot or soil.
Upon arrival, you may wonder why you accidentally ordered a “dead looking spider”, but don’t fear, this is the way the professionals grow. Planting these dormant plants is the best way, and it disturbs the plants less than any other planting method.
Winter can be a hard time for our gardens, and you may find some plants have become damaged in winds, or even toppled over under the weight of snow. Tidy your plants as soon as you can, preventing the spread of pest and disease, and keeping pride in your outdoor space.
Snip off any damaged, diseased or crossing stems from trees and shrubs. I’d recommend the Grumpy Gardener 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool, which is much like a “Swiss army tool for gardeners”. It ‘s pocket size and can behave as scissors, as well as a knife.
It’s not all hard work though, winter into spring is the perfect time to dream about your summer garden too! A quick browse of the QVC website will uncover a range of colourful summer flowering plants for you to enjoy, or watch one of our regular shows to see our presentations – you’ll find out much more than if you just went along to the garden centre!
We do have some very special offers coming up later on in February, but I’m not sure I can tell you about those yet… so keep up to date with me on twitter and Instagram, and I’ll tell you when I can! But I do know that we have some fantastic new basket plants, and some perennials with bedding performance!
So that’s your early season guide to the garden and outdoor space! I’m trying to get my dad’s garden a bit tidier this year, so watch this space on those developments!!
Speak to you all soon!! 🙂