Spring has sprung. Sunny days and better light levels allow you to get started with the gardening.
You are seeing signs of new growth from flowering narcissus to fresh growth of herbaceous perennials.
6 things to do in the garden now.
1. Start sowing of seed beds with early vegetables such as shallots, onions and early potatoes.
2. Begin the propagation of annual plantings in the greenhouse.
3. Ensure that the greenhouse has enough ventilation to reduce the risk of damping off of newly emerged seedlings.
4. Cut back winter shrubs such a cornus and salix shrubs to promote etiolated growth for the coloured stems next winter.
5. Get on top of those weeds that are just beginning to appear to ensure they don’t take hold.
6. Now is the time for a first lawn cut and later in the month, pick a dry day for a weed and feed treatment to reduce the moss and weeds in the grass that have built up over the winter. A simple hand scarification and a light raking can help to shift the moss and encourages thicker grass growth.
Spring for us in Cornwall is the sight of the narcissus in the fields parks and gardens.
With the Cornish naturalising varieties adding different tones, colour, shapes and forms.
Our plant of the month is narcissus ‘Sweet Spring’