If you’re like me then your garden has been all but abandoned for the cold winter months, only venturing out to put out the bins or something equally unexciting. I’ve been patiently waiting for a chance to get out there and prepare my garden for the kids in time for the warmer days ahead (I hope), and so I’ve put together a little checklist following on from my Autumn redecoration last year to make sure when that time comes, I’m ready and hope you benefit from it too.
Cut the lawn for the first time this year
Is your grass nearly a foot long from the long winter growth? Mine is and the hardest part was getting my poor little Flymo to cut through it. Actually, I’m not knocking my little Flymo it’s served me well for years but a lack of good maintenance my end (i.e not sharpening the blades) has left my mower unable to handle such a big task. I think I will have to use the new strimmer instead. It will be an arduous process but I’ll get there in the end and there will be so much grass that can form the start of my organic compost pile too so every cloud has a silver lining and all that.
If I did it again next year, I would definitely sharpen my mower blades first but with the new strimmer handy it’s a chance to try out the new kit!
Get the vegetable patch ready
Nothing beats a good bit of organic produce from your own garden. Preparation of the vegetable patch as soon as there’s a few warmish days is an absolute must for the avid gardener and even if you’ve only got a small garden you can still make space for a vegetable patch without compromising too much on space for the kids to play, ideally you’ll get the kids interested in doing a bit of planting.
Leading on from that theme I would highly recommend a quick growing leaf like lettuce or spinach. It will hopefully spark an interest in gardening for the kids. There really isn’t a more worthwhile cause than growing your own food. It’s a great way to install some ideas in the kids too. Another quick grower is radish but I would say it’s not really something the kids enjoy eating particularly. If we planned to go for a good eater I would probably pick baby carrot.
Clean the trampoline, bouncy castle, or playhouse
It is quite surprising how without any use at all just how much dirt and grime the kids toys pickup. I personally prefer to go with wet wipes or a J-Cloth and soapy water. Both methods work really well and get the job done with minimal fuss, even if it’s really not my favourite chore it needs doing! If you have a jet washer I’m very jealous.
I hope these ideas to improve the garden in time for Summer will help you make the garden a great place for you and your family this year when it finally decides to warm up!
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