Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds.

  • Work a layer of compost, well-rotted manure or green waste into beds.
  • Cover prepared soil with cardboard to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.
  • Build raised beds to take the bending out of growing vegetables.

Find out more about growing vegetables to NO DIG way, here

Check compost bins to see if you have any compost that’s ready to use

By now any creatures that have been hibernating in the compost beds should be up and about enjoying the spring sunshine so now is a good time to check compost heaps to see if they are ready and turn ones that aren’t.

If you are getting started with compost, here is our 10 step guide and tips of what can and can’t be composted.

Mulch fruit trees with well-rotted manure or garden compost, taking care not to mound mulch up around the trunk.

Make sure that manure is well rotted, as fresh manure can contain harmful bacteria and be sure that manure hasn’t come from animals which have grazed on grass treated with herbicides. Here’s our quick guide to looking after fruit trees.

Look after the birds and you will attract more into the garden.

Blue Tits eat up to 40,000 insects every time they bring up a brood of chicks! Keep bird baths and feeders topped up to attract birds and help them to help you control aphids naturally! Here are our top tips for creating a wildlife friendly garden.

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