April: Satisfy the senses
We’ve had a few days of sun, so spring is definitely here, with so many blooms popping up to welcome the season.
Though there are plenty of jobs to be done in your beds, borders and veg patch, if you need a break from digging, weeding or planting, keep your tools and equipment organised and ready for repotting and planting by cleaning used pots and containers.
For ornamental inspiration, these top ten picks are bound to bring a burst of brightness to your planting scheme this month. Or if you’re looking for a themed bed or border, creating a peony garden will not only supply beautiful flowers, but a mass of fragrance for you to enjoy through spring and summer.
Thanks to everyone who has been tuning in to my Facebook Live shows. If you missed my show supported by Miracle-Gro® on Friday, you can catch up here. My next live show is on Wednesday 6th April at 1pm, sponsored by Hartman. In the meantime, you can check out the progress of my new grow-your-own area on Instagram and YouTube.
I’m a firm believer in the goodness of gardening, and the power that community gardening has to bring people together to spread joy. So, from the 4th to 10th April it is #CommunityGardenWeek, where I’d love to hear your community gardening stories. If you’re part of a community garden, sign up and enter Cultivation Street for a chance to win some incredible prizes.
Gardening tip of the month
Spring means your garden soundtrack will be a-buzz with bees, so prepare for pollinators with these tips…
Make a bee hotel for solitary bees like mason bees. Solitary bees lay their eggs in tunnels in hard soil or dead wood, so a bee hotel mimics these conditions for them to nest in.
Get hold of some hollow bamboo canes, or drill out the pith, and gather them together in a frame or using the middle section of a large plastic bottle as casing for the bundle of bamboo.
When the bamboo is all tightly in place, attach some string to the bottle so it can be hung in a sheltered but sunny spot in the garden. Alternatively, attach your structure to a fence or wall.
Plant pollinator-friendly blooms nearby to keep bees happy. Lavender is an all-round win with evergreen foliage and flowers that look and smell great. Wallflowers, foxgloves and marigolds are also fantastic.
Here are the winners from March:
Yard Force 32cm cordless lawn mower
Miracle-Gro® 40L Bag of Premium Fibre Smart Mulch
OASE Bottle of Safe and Care Dechlorination
Georgina Van Hien
Twitter – Toby
Facebook – Natalie Gillham
Instagram – Leanne Abel
Website – Mary Ann Atkins, Marie Stewart, Suzanne Jackson
Congratulations! Look out for even more prize draws throughout April…
David Domoney is a Chartered Horticulturalist, Broadcaster, and Author. David has worked with a number of the UK’s leading garden retailers as a plant buyer and strategic consultant. With more than 30 years experience, in horticulture, David is as passionate about plants now as he was when he bought his first plant at a village fete.
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