When the weather starts heating up, it's time to get outdoors and prepare the garden for the hot, summer months ahead.
1. Compost Heap
Start your own compost bin or heap in a corner of the yard and use nature's way to recycle kitchen scraps and clippings from the garden. Transform them into a rich compost to improve the soil. Garden waste breaks down quicker as the weather warms. Chop it up first to speed decomposition and turn it regularly. The compost from the bottom of the pile will be ready to use first. Sprinkle a layer around the base of plants or dig it through new garden beds. The more organic matter there is in the soil, the more moisture it will hold onto and the healthier your plants will be.
Weeds compete with plants for valuable water and nutrients, so keep your gardens weed-free coming into summer to give plants the best chance. Catch weeds early and dig them out after the rain as this makes it easier to remove. Dig dandelions out by the roots and add the leaves to your salad – the young leaves are best.
Top up garden beds, improve the look of your garden, reduce weeds and conserve water with organic mulch which will break down, nourish and improve the soil.
4. Wetting Agent
A common scenario in a dry garden is water rolling off the soil and not getting absorbed. This is a clear sign that a wetting agent is required as it allows water to penetrate the soil and get down to the roots where it is needed most.
5. Plant out baskets
When the weather gets hot, it can be challenging keeping the whole garden looking its best, so turn to pots and containers to liven up the places you use most, like outdoor entertaining areas. Rustic baskets, lined with sphagnum moss mix are an excellent choice. Use a potting mix that contains water storing crystals or add some of you own, to help retain the moisture.
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