5 Rainy Day Jobs for Gardeners this summer
A relaxing summer of gardening in the glorious British sunshine is something that most of us can only dream of. No matter how divine a spell of sunshine that we are blessed with, it's not a British summer until you have been caught out in the pouring rain! To get you prepared and busy, we have come up with a few jobs that are important for the garden but that allows you to stay dry!
- Cleanliness is next to godliness
At the moment, we are all being diligent. Keeping our hands washed and cleaning our face masks. It is often easy to forget that having clean work surfaces for potting up, or our DIY works surfaces is equally as important. Cleaning down surfaces after re-potting a rose, can be extremely important to prevent the spread of black spot disease. Surfaces made from porous materials can look rustic and idyllic but is much harder to clean. Now is the opportunity to update the spring cleaning, cleaning your tools for those Instagram worthy man shed photos!
- Marie Kondo your shed!
Taking the advice of professional tidier, take the time while cleaning out your shed, garages, porches or even the kid’s outdoor toys, do you need it, is it just cluttering up your shed? This is also a great opportunity to do a stock take. Do you have enough string for when the crocosmia starts to flop later in the summer? Can you take the 50 plastic pots to your local nursery to donate or your local recycling centre? Do you need that 3rd open bag of fertilised compost? Maybe getting a new hard-shelled bin to store all the opened bags together.
- Open Seed Packets,
If you are similar minded to us here at TBL, you might have a designated draw in your kitchen for the string, rouge batteries that you’re not sure have charge and about 15 open seed packets. Using old school folders, place them in alphabetical order or better yet, an address book. Using envelope to keep seeds in place. An old jewellery box that has seen better days can be reused as well, just don’t forget to protect your feeds in paper and don’t keep them in too hot or too cold of a location.
- Indoor Plants TLC
We don’t like to play favourites but our indoor plants tend to need a little more care and attention. Take this time to layout your newspapers and repot your aloe vera, give your orchids a liquid feed or prepare moving everyone to a bright window sill, injecting them with to a rare treat of full sun for 12 hours. If the kids are still fed up of social distancing and your local park being shut, why not buy some avocados and start growing them in water? You can then have a competition, recording how much each root grows day by day.
- Do your homework
If the kids are getting frustrated with being the only ones with homework to do, why not lead by example and revise notes of the best way to look after your plants. If you still can’t remember that fancy Latin name then research it and work out when it needs a prune, to be deadheaded or fed. It can never hurt to know more!
Of course this might all sounds too complex and troublesome. In that case, be reminded that you can instead choose Tony Benger Landscaping for all your garden maintenance needs. You can then rest assured that your garden will look truly wonderful, whatever the weather. To arrive at a personally tailored care package, call us on 01404 831844 today.
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