Growing plants whether they be flowers, trees, fruits or vegetables is very rewarding. I take a laid-back approach to it and do not really tend to do much in the garden over winter. This is mostly due to my dislike of being out in cold weather. This winter though I would like to change this, so I have been looking at what to do to create a year-round garden and I wanted to share my findings with you. Over the next few blogs, I will discuss what to plant in the flower and the vegetable gardens for year-round garden activity alongside other tips and hints.
Now is a good time to plant autumn flowering bulbs. The ground is warm, and these bulbs will take quickly with the right care. When planting bulbs into the garden it is a good idea to sprinkle some compost onto the top of the bulb before filling with garden soil and then water well. This will give them a kick start. Planting in pots is great as you can layer them inside the pot and have bulbs flowering in each season. To name a few you could be planting autumn flowering cyclamen hederifolium, nerine, oxalis, crocus and snowdrops. If you are wanting to plant these into the garden, then it is a good idea to get hardy varieties.
The sweet Williams and campanula seeds that were planted in spring in the greenhouse are now fairly established and ready to be planted into the garden. These will flower next year. I also planted foxgloves in the greenhouse, as I knew the chickens would destroy them if the seeds were planted straight into the garden soil. They are ready to be pricked on and will be grown over winter in the greenhouse.
The wild birds continue to visit the garden in their droves, and it has been wonderful to see the young birds grow and mature. Last week I finally got round to making my own fat balls and they seem to be loving them. I was amazed at how cheap they were to make. Why not have a go yourself?