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With better weather here (noticed everyone’s feeling lighter and brighter? We have!), now’s a great time to get out into the garden for a good tidy up or to sow something new and beautiful. To help inspire you, here are a few ideas for both outdoors and in…
If you’re doing so outdoors, The Royal Horticultural Society recommends April as the month to plant beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohl rabi. Or try lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach.
For indoors? The RHS suggests sowing marrows, courgettes, pumpkins and squash. Also try sweet peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, aubergine, celery, celeriac, salads and globe artichokes.
I suggest bookmarking the RHS website; it has a really comprehensive guide on what to sow when, things to watch out for, and how to care for what you’ve planted. Have a look here to see their April ‘Grow your own’ guide. If you want to plan a little further ahead, May’s guide is here too.
Wendy, our BTHOUGHTFUL contributor, also has lots of great ideas on what to plant year round. Here are her thoughts for April and May. Just imagine the sense of achievement you’ll feel when the fruits of your labour end up as supper on the table!
It could be to tidy things up – balcony, window box, or garden. Or to look in second hand shops for pots to upcycle.
If you do find pots to upcycle, you could try getting cuttings from friends. I’m a complete newbie to gardening and amazingly, I’ve just ‘rooted’ a wonderful purple-y hued cutting that the lovely owner of Spiderplant (in Brighton) gave me. She mentioned it was incredibly easy to root – and it was!
The BBC has a good guide on rooting your cuttings, though I found YouTube videos much simpler to follow so you might too.
You might have already seen Jo’s DIY Vertical Plant Hanger – all you really need is some string and a bit of free time. It’s a great project to try if you like to be creative in your ‘me’ time and also if you’re a bit short of space at home.
Try decorating your pots too – Vicky, blogger of Owl and the Accordion, recently shared a decorative upcycling idea in her first post for us. If you’d like to give it a go, you’ll find it here.
Last but certainly not least, dotting plant pots on old reclaimed ladders is a beautiful idea. Try mixing different pot sizes and patterns, and unite them in palette. Have a look at Lobster and Swan’s enviable installation for more guidance here – and look out for more from Jeska on BTHOUGHTFUL very soon.
Good luck with the sowing, potting and planting – and share some snaps with us if you can.