We are forward thinkers here at The Garden Style Company. Just when you think you’ve earned a nice long winter rest from your garden, here we are to keep you occupied with plenty to do – there’s no rest for the wicked gardener.

If you’re planning ahead for a bountiful spring in your own back garden, then this blog post is especially for you – read on!

Soil

Now is the time to invest in your soil. There is not a single more important thing in your garden than your soil. Think of it as the lifeblood of your plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits. If your soil is in poor health, so is your garden. 

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to improve the quality of your soil. Giving your borders and veg patch a very liberal coating of well rotted organic matter, leaf mould, or a top coating of good quality peat-free compost at this time of year will repay in buckets come the spring.

Planting

When everything is starting to die back a little, it’s the right time to re-assess your garden. Look out for any bare patches, think about rearranging any areas you didn’t think worked particularly well during the growing season, and plan ahead for other types of plants you might want to try out next year. The autumn is the best time to plant spring flowering hardy annuals as they put on tremendous root growth over the winter in preparation for a brilliant display of both foliage and flowers come the spring. We like calendula, euphorbia, and salvia for hardy annuals.

Bulbs

Of course, nothing says spring like the shooting of tiny buds up out of the soil. Bulbs are like the first shoots of hope and warmth after the long cold days of a never-ending winter. It seems like the most unlikely of transformations that a hard, brown bulb can turn into a splendid display of spring and summer colour.

For very early flowering, try snowdrops, followed by a later crop of daffodils, and then go for the bright and spectacular mix of colours afforded by a bold spray of tulips. We also love the allium family, the tiny and mighty crocus, and joyful muscari for their diversity, colour, longevity, and ease of growing.

Weeding

Round about now is the best time to get on top of weeds once and for all. Get rid of shallow rooted annuals in one fell swoop with a hoe, and get down and dirty in your soil to root out deep set perennials. Any time you can spend weeding now, is going to be almost doubly effective compared to the same effort spent over the growing season. For deep-rooted stubborn weeds, the trick is to make sure you extract every last bit of the root – otherwise, that tough weed is going to keep coming back for more. 

There’s plenty to get on with around the garden all year round – how are you going to spend your gardening weekend?