An orderly garden can be easily achieved with a bit of preparation and effort. As the summer months are coming to an end, this is the ideal time to get your garden in-check before the dreaded winter months are upon us.
So what can you do get your garden in top condition?
The garden shed is the often the forgotten child of the garden. Rather than a dry and convenient place to store tools and other gardening equipment, it is reduced to a dumping ground. If you haven’t cleaned your shed out in a while, you will likely be surprised by the amount of broken pots and forgotten objects you will find.
A clean and organized garden shed can be a huge asset to keeping your garden orderly. If you don’t have to empty half the shed to get to a spade, you are much more likely to be motivated to keep your garden in good shape. For those who are struggling to find a way to arrange their garden tools then Southern Living recommend a magnetic strip that can take the weight of small tools (note aluminum won’t stick). The strip can be placed on the wall or on the side of a workbench. Even something as simple as putting a few nails in the wall to hang spades and garden clippers on will reduce clutter.
The Vegetable Garden
Growing vegetables requires a lot of planning both in terms of seasonality and garden layout. The easiest method for most gardeners is to create a vegetable bed that can be easily maintained and controlled. The ideal size is around 4 feet wide to make reaching the crops easy. The most important (and best) part is deciding what vegetables you will grow. The Mother Nature Network listed 10 vegetables that can be grown in the ground or in containers. The vegetables on the list are resilient and will grow without much attention as long as they are planted at the right time.
Vegetable crops should be rotated to reduce pest control and soil-borne disease. Rotation will also avoid nutrient depletion in the soil. If you have a vegetable bed simply divide the bed into four quarters and move the crops around each year. Planning four years in advance may seem like a lot of work but it will save you time in the long run and give your crops the best chance of growing.
Clean and sharp edges can elevate the aesthetic of a garden and also signify that the gardener takes good care of their garden. Maintaining a garden can feel like a losing battle especially with the lawn. Lawn edging prevents grass from overrunning into different parts of the garden as well as preventing soil from getting knocked onto the grass.
There are numerous materials that can be used for lawn edging including brick, concrete, fencing, and stone. The style of the garden you have will depend on which edging is best for you. Screwfix feature an array of timber lawn edgings that are perfect for ensuring the garden doesn’t lose its rustic finish. For instance, the Grange Timber Sleepers Green replicate an old-fashioned railway sleeper that will give your garden a timeless visual feel.
Organizing the right time to water your garden probably isn’t too high on the list of garden chores you have to attend to in the coming months. Yet you can improve your garden’s health and reduce the chances of moss growing by watering at the right time. The best time to water is early in the morning between 6 am and 10 am. This will give the water time to be absorbed before the sun evaporates it. Watering the garden in the evening will lead to the water staying on the plants which in turn will encourage disease and moss to spread. A healthy looking garden will have an organized watering schedule. In the summer months, it is recommended to water twice a week.