Spring is in the air...


Spring is almost here. Well, it will be officially on Tuesday March 20th!

We have some top tips about what you can do over the next few months in your garden and share what our gardeners are doing.

Fortunately our gardens at Thrive have not been too badly affected by the weather this winter – we took precautions and closed our centres on the snow days last week.
So let’s start to celebrate spring. Who hasn’t already seen the evidence? Shoots poking through soggy ground, dancing daffodils swaying gently in the breeze and one of our favourites at Thrive, all the pretty primroses.

So what are the jobs we should be doing now?  We have some tips for you below, but here in Berkshire our gardeners are sowing vegetables for our allotments and at The Vyne National Trust property. We are sowing our summer annuals and pricking out and potting on a variety of seeds. 

Our Secret Garden at our head office in Beech Hill, Berkshire has had a brilliant makeover thanks to the money we received from the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and we are looking forward to making that look magnificent in time for our first open gardens on April 13. Details here. 

It's a similar story in Battersea where we are getting ready to open the gardens and our kiosk to visitors on our spring open day this Saturday (March 10) just in time for Mother's Day. Click here for details. 

In Birmingham we have been busy building new raised beds of various heights, again thanks to funding from Tesco for this. And if you'd like to see what we've been up to then please join us on Saturday March 24. Details here. 

So now spring is almost in the air, we look forward to seeing more of you out and enjoying the garden. 

And here's some more good news. Swedish research, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, announced that for those of us in the upper age bracket, pottering about in the garden will "reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke by 27 per cent, and death from any cause by 30 per cent".

So use March to get out and get gardening. Here’s what you could do…

- Plant some summer flowering bulbs

- Mow the lawn on a dry day

- Hard prune trees that respond to pollarding to promote new growth and finish pruning roses

- Plant lily bulbs in containers for lovely summer displays

- Late March – sow seeds outside or under cloches carrots, beetroot, broad beans, salad onions, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, spinach, leeks, lettuce, rocket, coriander, mixed salad or stir fry leaves, radish, turnip, peas, lettuce and Swiss chard

- Clean and prepare garden furniture so it will look great over the summer