Green Fingers with Leckford Estate

01 Apr 2023

Spring has officially sprung, which means it’s time to start sowing seeds and tending to your outdoor space. The days are growing longer, the sun begins to reappear, and flowers are coming into full bloom, reminding us of brighter days and inviting a fresh appreciation of all things green.

Grow Your Own Vegetables

Eating vegetables is of course inherently good for you, however, growing your own is even better. Sowing vegetables from seed is such a great activity for all ages to get involved in.

For those impatient gardeners, lettuce can be a great place to start as it can tolerate the lower temperatures associated with early spring, but it is a fast grower too! If you’re looking for something with a little more substance, carrots are a great option, taking up relatively little space and can even be grown in containers. Ensure they’re planted in an area of full sun, with well-drained soil and you can harvest nearly all year round.

From avid gardeners to first-timers and children who are looking to explore new activities, watching seedlings grow is incredibly gratifying. It’s budget- and environmentally friendly too, allowing you to enjoy the proceeds of your homegrown labours.

When is the best time to start sowing vegetable seeds? Often seed packets will give you a good overview of when the best time to sow and harvest your crop is but often, if you want to start at the early end of the scale, growing indoors is the best place to start. Head on over to our Leckford Estate garden shop for everything you need to get started from pots and seeds to labels and propagators.

Pruning Your Garden

Spring can often be one of the busiest times of year for gardeners as temperatures increase, plants grow at an increased rate and there’s always plenty of pruning to be done. Plants such as lavender, buddleias and fuchsias are best to prune in the spring to help encourage more flowers and growth over the warmer months.

Why not head over to your local plant nursery at the Leckford Estate where our team will be happy to suggest a selection of plants to incorporate into your own haven and also provide expert knowledge on how to look after your existing plants.

Garden Design Services

At Longstock Park Landscapes, we offer a unique garden design service to create beautiful, sustainable spaces that work in harmony with the environment. From garden design and layout to garden planting services, our experienced team can help reinvent your space regardless of size. Covering both hard and soft landscaping you can either reinvent existing spaces or completely transform your outdoor space.

What’s Involved in the Garden Design Process?

When looking to overhaul your garden, it can seem like a daunting task, however, our Longstock Park Landscaping team are on hand to guide you through every step in the process.

Firstly, our horticultural team will take you through a consultation to discuss your ideas and provide some new ones so we can meet your requirements and fit your style. We also provide a free landscaping visit to get a better understanding of your vision and setting.

Next, our team will guide you through a carefully curated design to bring your ideas to life. At this stage, we will also discuss the best options for your environment, inclusive of what plants will thrive and support the local wildlife and will keep your garden looking beautiful for years to come.

Finally, the work will begin, and your dream can become reality. We have a more detailed breakdown of the landscaping process to help you.

Explore the Longstock Park Water Garden

Our Longstock Park Water Garden has officially reopened. Book your tickets here. New to 2023 is our water garden season ticket. If you have any questions before your visit, please feel free to contact us.

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