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What should your Garden give up for Lent?

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It’s that time of year again where we all try to make a sacrifice that will benefit us in the long run. Whether it’s giving up chocolate or vowing to exercise every day, we all tend to make a positive commitment to ourselves over this period.

 

Why not do the same for your garden? 40 days is a long time, and it is enough time to really make your garden the very best it can be. We have put together a list of our top five things that your garden can do without this Lent, ensuring that it is as healthy as possible when Easter rolls around.

 

  • Weeds. Your garden does not need weeds. There are environmentally friendly ways to remove them from your garden that doesn’t resort to using chemicals. You can lay a carpet of newspaper over a heavily weeded area, blocking sunlight and oxygen from the unwanted plants. If you put down the newspaper in 10 sheet layers that are wet to hold them down, they will create a mulch over the soil which should stop any weeds coming through.
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  • Slugs and snails. Get rid of unwanted slugs and snails by burying tubs in the earth in your flower beds. Then half fill the tubs with beer. The yeast of the beer will attract the slugs and snails, they will then fall in the tubs and drown in the beer. Be sure to empty the tubs on a regular basis to stop them from smelling.
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  • Broken fences and trellis. It has been a very windy winter, and a lot of us have watched our gardens fall into a state of disrepair. Now is the time, as the weather starts to warm up, to fix or replace broken fences and trellis so that your garden looks great as flowers start to bloom.

     

  • Disease. Plants can become diseased and will die if they are not treated effectively. There are many natural remedies available that you can make yourselves. You will need a spray bottle to apply it to your plants.

     

    Try diluting one table spoon of apple cider vinegar in a gallon of water, spray this on any plants that are suffering from fungal infection. For treating downy mildew on vegetables, boil a large handful of chives before draining the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray the effected vegetables generously to improve their condition.

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  • Poor soil drainage. If you have a clay based soil, then poor drainage will be something you are only too familiar with. To help improve this for spring time, dig in plenty of bulky organic matter such as manure or compost. This will make a noticeable improvement to the working properties of your soil. Also consider investing in raised beds over conventional flower beds, as this assists drainage and reduces the trampling of the soil.