Summer is slowly but surely on it’s way, as the sun starts to shine gardeners have started to consider how they are going to prepare their gardens after the wettest Winter on record.
The Met Office confirmed last month that we had experienced the wettest Winter since records began in 1910. Records not held by the Met Office show that we’ve had the wettest Winter since 1766. Regional records have also been beaten, with the South East in particular getting well over double the amount of rainfall than normally expected.
Whilst many people have rejoiced that there has been no snow in the South East, the amount of rain has possibly been worse with thousands of people evacuated from their homes (some on Christmas Eve!) and many without power for lengths of time. Due to the lack of snow, it has meant temperatures have been warmer but this has meant very little to those suffering from floods.
Even those not suffering from floods have felt the perils of the weather, particularly in their gardens. According to gardening experts, we need to act now to ensure our plants recover in time for Summer so they are thriving. As the weather is starting to settle and Spring is on it’s way in three weeks time, gardens across the country will be starting to dry out and are in need of care and attention.
One of the main problems gardeners are going to find it that the heavy rain has removed a huge amount of nutrients from the soil. As you’ll know, plants require nutrients and water if they are going to thrive. There are three main elements plants require for healthy growth – nitrogen, phosphates and potash. This may sound a little bit technical, but that’s why there are general fertilisers you can use instead. These ensure healthy soil which helps with plant growth.
At present, our efforts need to be in getting rid of moisture. There has been too much rain for many gardens to deal with, so we need to ensure the plants aren’t drowning in the moisture. However in the Summer we need to ensure we keep as much moisture as possible, making it an even more difficult job.
How has your garden faired over the Winter period? Were you one of the unlucky ones to have experienced flooding? We’d love to hear your experiences.