Top 10 jobs this month
- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
- Protect new spring shoots from slugs
- Plant summer-flowering bulbs
- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
- Top dress containers with fresh compost
- Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
- Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
- Weeds come back in to growth – deal with them before they get out of hand
- Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
- Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days
Well we’re certainly doing some of that here. Haven’t mowed the lawn yet but we’ve been dividing up perennials and sticking them into the new hedge. And the potatoes are chitting at the moment ready for their role in the pincer movement against weeds – sheet mulch, compost , potatoes – around the new fruit trees.
The photo shows some of the old garden perennials we had behind the new Braeburn – a berberis and a spiraea. The berberis has been cut back hard on the garden side but left on the field side to from part of the hedge. The Spireae is shown cut back hard.
The next stage was to dig it out – divide it into 4 or 5 clumps and replant them to form part of the basis of the new hedge.