Whether you have acres of space or a window garden – you’re in the right place to pick up invaluable advice from some experienced gardeners and share your success (and failures) in the garden with everyone in the Joules community.

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Mike from Rocket Gardens fills us in on ways to make your garden brighter this Spring.

It’s certainly been a wet and stormy few months, which has made getting out into the garden tricky for lots of UK gardeners.

Never fear though as Spring is on the way and signs of this will be popping up all over the place. Keep an eye out for snowdrops and primroses that will be starting to appear and are a lovely reminder of the amazing new season to come.

 

There are plenty of things to be doing in the garden in preparation for Spring but make sure if you are planning to dig over and prepare soil that this isn’t too wet. It’s far better to wait until your soil has dried out sufficiently before you get too excited with your spade and fork. Walking on wet soil isn’t great either as it compacts the soil, forcing the air out and ruining the structure – the exact opposite to what you are trying to achieve when digging over your patch.

 

To create a productive and healthy garden you need to be feeding the soil regularly – as the old saying goes ‘ the more you put in the more you get out.’ One of the best things you can do at this time of year is to add organic matter to your soil. This can be in the form of home made compost, leaf mould, wormcast,  farm yard or horse manure. Well-rotted compost is best as it’s gentler on young plant roots. If your ground is dry, spread the compost about your soil and dig it in well. If your soil is wet, collect up plenty of organic matter and leave in a lovely big pile ready to spread once the sun comes out.

 

If your garden is ready to go, there are plenty of things that you can be planting right now.  Early new potatoes are a great one to get started with.  Ideally, these should be chitted (have little shoots popping out). Pop seed potatoes into the ground about a foot apart and cover with horticultural fleece which will warm up your soil, protect new leaves from frost and  give you a much earlier crop to enjoy.

 

If your soil is still too wet to plant in, you could try popping individual seed potatoes into 3 litre pots with compost. Water them and keep in the warm until the leaves become established. You can transfer these plants to your garden once the soil in your veg’ patch is warmer and drier.  

 

February or March are also very good months for establishing a fruit garden. Plant bare-rooted fruit canes and bushes such as raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries,  red currants and black currants now and you will be enjoying delicious soft fruits from your garden for years to come. Again, if your ground is wet you can plant all of these initially into containers and transfer them to the garden once conditions improve.

 Mike

Sow the perfect patch

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There are 3 simple steps to get growing…

- Pick out an area for your patch
- Chose whichever Instant Garden your taste buds the most
- When your box of greens arrived, get planting – It’s that simple!

 

Decide how big an area you’d like to fill.

When you’re deciding where to put your garden, try to choose a spot that’s sheltered and gets plenty of sun.

Once you’ve chosen your location, you need to decide on a method for growing that best suits you. If you’re not a fan of digging then raised beds are perfect. When building them, make sure you can reach the middle from both sides of the bed so you don’t have to stand on the soil.

If you don’t mind digging, then mark out an area and remove the turf. Or you can cover the grass with an old carpet for a couple of months before you want to plant. This kills the grass instead of having to remove it. Once cleared, the soil needs to be broken up with a fork. Push it in down to a spades depth and twist. This gives you a deep, well-turned soil that’s the perfect home for your baby plants to grow in.

You can grow your own food in almost anything, whether it’s pots, containers or even old baths. Take a look at our Grow It board on Pinterest for quirky planting ideas.

 

The perfect patch

So now you know where you’re going to grow, you need to decide what you’re going to grow. Click here to take a look at all the different Instant Gardens we have available. The best to order now if you would like to grow right away are the Constant Garden and the Fruit Garden

Simply order your instant garden gift voucher from Joules, and Rocket Gardens will then dispatch your ready-to-grow ‘baby’ plant to create your instant garden.

 

Get growing

Once the box of baby plants arrives, pop them into their new home and hey presto you are beginning to live the good life! If you’re not going to plant them straight away, sit them upright and give them a drink of water. When you’re ready to get going, have a good read through the growing guides that come with each garden and then start growing!

 

For your chance to WIN your very own Instant Garden then simply upload a picture of the best veg you’ve grown this year here > http://ngx.me/hjvayaxp

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Click here to watch the ‘How To’ video http://youtu.be/jKVM5ioZ3m0