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My Guide to Spring in the Garden

My Guide to Spring in the Garden

Happy spring everybody!

So, it’s finally March, which gives us all hope that spring is on the horizon, the start of longer, sunnier and warmer days. 

As the days get warmer and the sun pokes out more often, we all tend to spend more time outdoors, whether that be in your garden or not. This time of year particularly after a long and cold winter, nothing helps like some sunshine and fresh air!

I have written before in my lockdown blog post, I built a vegetable patch in the first lockdown due to the beautiful summer weather. Whether you have a garden or not, it’s lovely to be able to get out into the sunshine and do something!

I’m going to be making the most of this weather by enjoying my garden, by planting some vegetables and sowing some more seeds as now is the perfect time! Last year was a bit of an experiment for me as it was my first time properly gardening and planting vegetables, so this year I know exactly what did and didn’t work and that’s the fun of gardening I guess. I would highly recommend the gardening life as it has helped me massively – it serves as exercise but also a time away from the stresses of online learning and social media. Grab your gardening gloves and head on out into the world!

So, here’s my guide to what to start sowing in your gardens/window pots now!

Tomatoes can be sown now, early-mid spring time, so now is the perfect time! I’ve written tomatoes down first as they are such an easy vegetable to grow, you only need a medium-sized pot to grow a couple of tomato plants and these are the crops that just keep on growing. 

Cucumbers and courgettes can now be sown in your garden, last year was the first time I’ve ever grown these vegetables and I have to admit how easy they are to grow. Just sow your seeds now and watch them grow. My only piece of advice for these veggies is that you try and keep them off the ground because these are a favourite for those pesky squirrels. However, that’s the circle of life I guess 🙂

Lettuces are probably the easiest things to grow ever! You sow your seeds, water everyday and just watch as your salad leaves just keep coming back again and again. And generally the magic of this type of crop is that it will withstand the temperatures all year round. 

Fruit such as strawberries and blueberries can be sown now for harvesting throughout the summer months. There is nothing nicer than homegrown strawberries, and it also makes you feel very proud holding something physical that was once a seed.

One of my favourite things to plant in the garden are wildflower seeds. These can be found in all garden centres and even most supermarkets, but are also available online too. The best time to sow wildflower seeds is March and April to come out later on in the year. The best part about sowing these seeds is that you’re doing something amazing for the planet by increasing the survival rate of bees. 

So, do your part, go buy/order some wildflower seeds and watch the bees flourish in your garden!

Enjoy the sunshine, enjoy the outdoors, get some fresh air and remember things will get better.

See you all soon,

Amelia 🙂   

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