I’m hoping to start planting up the cut flower beds this weekend. In a pre- COVID world I would have started a week ago as the weather is warming up, but perhaps unsurprisingly I’m still waiting to finish off the edging of the cut flower patch. The delivery of the edging has been promised for this weekend so I’m hoping to be able to get the edging in so I can top up my raised beds with the leftover soil. With that done I’ll then be good to go!
While I wait I thought it would be a good opportunity to have a sort out of my tools in preparation for the ‘planting marathon’. In my own experience, you don’t need lots of tools but there are a few items that I’d class as my ‘essentials’ for gardening
Secateurs – Definitely worth spending some money on a good pair (and putting your name on so your husband doesn’t steal them). Make sure you regularly clean them to avoid bacteria growing on them and give them a regular sharpen and oil – think MOT!
Wheelbarrow – If you have a number of cut flower areas then definitely invest in one of these. They save so much time and if you don’t end up using them then you can always use it as a raised bed itself or even decorate it with a Border Terrier and some disco balls!
Digging spade and trowel – Test these out and go with the one that feels right for you. Also, think of the weight of it, digging is hard enough work without adding to it with a heavy spade.
Hand fork – This is my absolute go-to tool. I don’t have a digging fork as I find using my handheld one so much easier. They are also fabulous for weeding, turning soil over and planting up.
Watering can – I have a couple of these, a small one for watering small areas and a larger one with a spray head for watering larger areas. I also have a hosepipe as it just helps save time when watering all four beds at once.
Gardening gloves – Another item you can’t live without, plus it protects the health of your hands and nails too.
Radio – An absolute must, I love listening to music when I garden and if you’re interested Radio 2 is my go-to, I mean who doesn’t love a little Steve Wright in the afternoon.
Jobs for the weekend
- Deadhead daffodils and other spring bulbs, but leave the foliage to die back naturally. This helps all of the nutrients return back to the bulb.
- Give dogwoods and willows a good prune to help promote new growth. Keep your willow prunings to as you can use them for natural wreath structures.
- Now is the time to plant summer-flowering bulbs and roses and to feed, feed, feed. I use liquid seaweed, mulch and compost and will feed everything – flowerbeds, shrubs and hedges.
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