It's getting warmer, and summer is just around the corner – now's the time to head outside, and get gardening.
You don't have to be particularly green fingered – simply completing a few small tasks here and there will help you enjoy your garden throughout the summer and beyond.
Here are our top gardening tips for this month.
There’s something so satisfying about growing and eating your own vegetables. This month, why not try growing tomatoes and peppers?
Plant out the seedlings in pots filled with multi-purpose or container compost, and place in a sunny yet sheltered spot. Use a liquid feed weekly once the fruits start to form, and don’t let the plants dry out in hot weather.
Try growing a selection of herbs to complement your vegetables too – chives, rosemary and sage are all easy to grow and taste great.
Turn your garden into a riot of colour and fragrance this summer by planting some well-chosen flowering plants. Lavender, clematis, fuchsias and geraniums can turn even the smallest of gardens into a bright and cheerful haven.
And it’s never too early to think ahead to next year. Sow biennials, like foxgloves, wallflowers and sweet williams, now to create a beautiful cottage garden border that you can enjoy next year.
Now is the time to apply weedkiller to your lawn. Encourage healthy growth by feeding your lawn with a high-nitrogen fertiliser – and make sure you keep your lawn well watered during hot weather.
Why not beat the hosepipe ban by investing in a water butt and using the collected rainwater to water your lawn and plants?
(24 October 2013)