Comment: As the weather warms up and the long winter days are over, it’s a good time to plan for your future garden.
There are some activities that save us time – and some that prevent us from learning valuable lessons – on time. To reuse our resources, some work is worth investing a little.
But plan, prepare – and then go for the stream!
These flowering plants provide much-needed fodder for bees to wintering, and in early spring they provide food to build beehives.
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Cleaning the yard begins with maintenance and cutting work. Start by looking quickly at what has fallen, needs a view, or is a little sad from the cold paddles of winter.
Trimming gives an explosion of new life. Downloading old branches allows you to open up spaces and create shapes, which can add texture and depth when the garden is in front of your eyes in spring and summer.
Be careful not to overdo it – especially if you have large trees that need good pruning, but are not sure how big they will grow. It is a good idea to get some advice or information before you cut.
Can you identify waste that can be used elsewhere? Leaves, branches, and shrubs can easily be fertilized. They can also be used to arrange new garden beds — and generally come as a release or as a cost-effective resource.
If you do not have a pile of fertilizer already in place, you can use this green as a base for your new fertilizer. The combination of green and brown layers mixed with soil will feed your garden over the next two years.
Feed your soil to increase the nutrients available to your garden. Adding fertilizers and eating the right food at the right time to improve the quality of your soil will stop pests, grow better plants, and improve soil structure.
Soil is life – feed on the most unhealthy and organic matter, and it will take care of you.
Do something new
Creating new spaces is fun and rewarding.
Are there areas you can add to your plant that make interactive, interesting comparisons? By planning your space, you will find new ideas that increase height, color and depth.
For some simple inspiration, think about what you enjoyed in the past. Were there colors, shapes, smells, height? Or edible foods and fruits?
Rapid color explosions, such as annual and annual flowers, add popcorn. Add fruit trees to pots, in different heights, shapes and textures.
Stone gardens or solid landscapes are also a scary way to clean any post using leftover building materials.
This not only reduces the need for new materials, but also helps to make better use of resources and to encourage beneficial insects.
Do not neglect your equipment
Cleaning and replacing our equipment is another task that we often dismiss – until we go to use them.
Now is the time to start passing all your tools, cutters, scissors and tubes and get a good inspection. In this way you know what is needed to replace, or draw and repair, or any other tool.
If you can learn to refresh your equipment, this can be a great way to save a lot of time, which will save you money.
Power tools are expensive investments, so make sure you take care of them at least once a year for optimal use for future seasons.
Our gardens, in our time, are living works of dedication and character. They are as unique as our taste buds.
To plan every year – and then change our minds, or our budgets – is really this.
Experimentation, and allowing growth to change with the seasons, is the beauty of wonder.
Yade Tempera is the winner of the Ellerley Flower Medal and a former New Zealand gardener.