There’s no doubt that gardening is a never-ending task. There will always be another harvest to collect, another weed determined to flourish, another pile of leaves to be swept away. Keeping on top of all the different tasks that come with maintaining a garden can be a difficult proposition, especially when you’re trying to live your life and have other hobbies at the same time.
Staying on track is one of the most important ways of ensuring your garden is always exactly as you need it to be. If you want to try a more organised method of maintenance, then your best bet is to follow a schedule that ensures there’s always something going on – and there’s nothing you’re going to forget. Below is an example of how this can work; of course, you can add and subtract as you need to, but this should provide a good base to get you started.
There’s not much fun to be had when it comes to enjoying time in the garden having fun in January, so make it a work month instead. While weed growth will be stymied by the cold weather, spend a bit of time tidying up any stragglers and neatening up the edges of borders. Snowdrops will begin to appear towards the end of the month, so spring is definitely coming.
For plants you’re growing from seed, now is the time to start sowing. If you don’t have room for seedlings indoors, then potting sheds or greenhouses are necessary to protect young growth.
Unless the weather is unusually cold, you’ll be beginning to see the advance of the weeds. Nip the problem in the bud as quickly as possible. In the potting shed or greenhouse, thin out seedlings so the most viable are ready for outdoor planting.
It’s time to get sowing the flowers you want to see blooming in summer. Most bulbs can be planted directly into the ground after the last frost. If you want to be particularly cautious, then use horticultural fleece until the weather truly begins to warm – which might not always be the case for the UK in April!
Go wild with your vegetable planting in May. Carrots, courgettes, peas, and beans will all do well, while strawberries can be planted in hanging baskets.
June, July & August
The vast majority of the summer months are spent on maintenance rather than direct plant care. Be on your guard for weeds constantly and ensure everything in your garden is receiving sufficient water during hot weather. Also ensure you’re pruning where necessary, especially if you have roses.
Winter and spring flowering bulbs should be your focus during September. Snowdrops, crocuses, and bluebells should all be planted into their containers ready to brighten up the colder months with their colourful displays.
The leaves will be falling in earnest now, so spend some time with a rake, disposing of leaves before they can turn to unsightly mulch.
November is tulip planting season; these pretty flowers do very well when planted in the early part of the month.
Finally, finish off the year with a good tidy. Your garden is at its most dormant, which gives you a chance to assess this year’s growth and decide what you want to do for the next year. As one year slips into the next, the cycle begins again – the work of a gardener is never complete!