If you plan ahead and keep up with routine care, your garden will repay you by looking good all year. Gardener’s Calendar provides a season-by-season checklist of tasks such as planting,and mowing.
Early Spring PERENNIALS
LIFT and divide established perennials.
SOWin a frame or cold .
FERTILIZE, weed and mulch beds.
PLANT new perennials when the soil is workable.
BULBS, CORMS AND TUBERS
DEADHEAD faded bulbs but leave foliage intact.
PLANT OUT finished indoor bulbs.
PLANT gladioli and montbretia corms.
LIFT and divide snowdrops after flowering.
REMOVE deadon bearded iris; apply fertilizer.
START dahlias into growth.
PLANT containers and window boxes with polyanthus, pansies and bulbs in bud such as daffodils and.
WATER andestablished plants with a slow-release fertilizer at the first sign of growth.
REPOT or top dress container plants with a layer of fresh.
STARTtubers under glass or indoors.
TREES, SHRUBS AND CLIMBERS
PRUNE winter-and shrubs that flower in late summer.
HOE lightly and weed the surrounding area.
MULCH and apply a general fertilizer.
PLANT or transplant conifers.
ANNUALS AND BEDDING PLANTS
FINISH preparing the ground forhardy such as ; two weeks later.
SOW half-hardyunder glass and annuals sown last month.
PLANT polyanthus, forget-me-nots, double daisies and other hardy spring bedding plants.
PLANT OUT autumn-sown.
SCATTER slug pellets if necessary.
TAKE CUTTINGS of pelargoniums, marguerites and fuchsias under glass.
PRUNE bush, climbing and newly planted roses not yet pruned.
SPRAY branches and surrounding soil with a fungicide if necessary.
MULCH with gardenor manure.
MOW with the blades set high once the grass starts growing and the ground is reasonably dry.
SCATTER any wormcasts and lightly rake.
SPIKE waterlogged lawn and brush sandy compost into the holes.
HAND WEED – if necessary apply weedkiller.
SEF1D any worn patches andnew lawn.
LAY turf and keep watered to prevent shrinkage.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLES
MULCH trees and bushes. SPRAY apple trees against pests if necessary. PLANT or divide and transplant rhubarb. SOW spinach, early peas, carrots, cabbages, cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce.
SOW under cloches onions, broad beans, parsnips, peas, radishes, lettuces, carrots.
PLANT early potatoes.
SCATTER slug pellets if necessary. Mid Spring