According to the Met Office this spring has been the coldest since 1979 but things are now finally starting to pick up. Both our gardens in Telford and Shrewsbury are starting to look really lush and green as the really cold weather is hopefully over. It’s not only the flowers that are starting grow this time of year, the never-ending flow of weeds are also sprouting up all over the place. Like most gardeners we try our best but sometimes when you have gardens as big as those at the hospice it can often feel like you are fighting a losing battle. In a bid to keep the weeds at bay we have been busy digging over the soil and weeding by hand to try and prevent the weeds establishing.
At both sites we have dedicated areas for growing produce. We’ve spent a lot of time preparing our kitchen gardens and have been busy planting runner beans, sowing carrot, beetroot and spinach seeds. Fingers crossed the slugs and snails leave them alone so we can have a bumper crop this year. Our patients really like to see where their food comes from so it’s always a proud moment when we can say that ‘we have grown that’.
There are so many flowers starting to come through now adding splashes of colour here and there. We have a number of different aquilegias currently in bloom and beautiful Forget-me-nots at both sites. In the next few weeks hopefully more flowers will be coming into bloom, the lupins are looking like they could flower any day now.
Over in Telford the new path way at the back of the Day Hospice is coming along nicely. We’ve removed the second row of hawthorn hedge so the path way is wide enough for someone in a wheelchair. Once we have finished clearing the ground we can start laying some gravel or something a bit more hard wearing. We’re hoping to install a seating area along the new walk way which will offer our patients and their loved ones a quiet area where they can sit if they need some time by themselves.
This week’s hints and tips….
Now is a good time to remove summer bedding plants from the greenhouse as hopefully there will be no more frosts. Rather than planting them out straight away, leave them outside in their pots so they can acclimatise for a couple of days.
If you have fruit crops keep an eye out for any powder like mildew and thin out any congested fruit crops on trees so they have room to develop.