1 Now that our daylights hours are exceeding our night time hours, we can begin to think about how we are using our outdoor space for the coming summer. Where are the warm, sunny, sheltered corners of the garden that could have a new patio for a bit of midday sunbathing? Where does the sun hit the garden at 8 o’clock in the morning? Have you got a warm evening corner that might be ideal for those family and friends get-togethers – with or without barbecue? Each of these can be enhanced by some carefully chosen planting to match the time of day and mood.
2 Do you ever wonder how much we spend each year on fresh or frozen fruit from the supermarkets? Treat yourself and your family to a blackcurrant bush, a few raspberry canes, a few strawberry plants, a gooseberry bush and a blueberry and your summer fruit salads will never quite be the same again. When you get your new plant home, add a large amount of well-rotted compost to the planting holes and water each plant in very well. You will harvest some this year, just to tempt you to look after them, and in 2010 you will be harvesting enough for the whole family.