Homeschool Gardening Club - Spring Cleaning the Garden!

It’s not just your desk and learning space that needs a spring clean at this time of year. Here at the orchard training Garden Club we know the garden does too. One a day, when the sun is out and we are feeling energetic a quick tidy up will do wonders for both the garden and it will raise your spirits.

As the days get longer and the weather warms celebrate the lengthening days by heading outdoors and get gardening. Here are some ideas of what to do:

  • Spring clean the patio and path ways. Remove dirt and grime from your patio quickly and easily by giving it a good sweep. If you old enough and can power wash the surface down remove everything off the area first. Let it dry before putting it all back. While you are doing that give the pots a once over and see if they are still ok.

  • Thinking about those pots, it is time to refresh the welcome tubs and pots by the front door. Dainty violas and spring bulbs such as daffodils and tulips work perfectly and take just minutes to plant up. Choose colours that match your door and interior décor. Or make a statement at your front door by adding a couple of well-chosen containers with permanent planting such as clipped bay trees, box or an olive tree.

  • We have already got started with some early sowing of seeds for the vegetable areas. However, with Art-pirl on its way we can get creative with colour in a different way. We have been walking our local area for months now and we know what grows well locally. We can plant some of the plants we like and know that grow well. Be clever with colour. Place larger, brighter specimens close to where you will be viewing them, and use cooler more muted colours and plants with smaller leaves and flowers further away. This helps give the impression that your garden is bigger than it is.

  • It’s time to think about pock money earning again and offering to give lawns their first cut of the year with the mower blades at their highest setting, and then rake the lawn to get rid of winter debris.

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