It's no secret that 2012 was a year of unpredictable weather - mainly rain - a lot of it. Reports have suggested that this will leave many gardens depleted of the necessary nutrients and organic matter to sustain healthy plant growth which could lead to fewer flowers and potentially a lack of flavour in edible crops.
The expert gardening team at The Gardens Group garden centres in Sherborne, Yeovil and Poundbury are providing gardeners with some top tips on how to tackle the problem before the main planting season gets underway.
"There's been a lot in the news recently about how the wet weather has caused poor harvests, smaller and less flavoursome fruit and veg and how the lack of nutrients left in our soil could have a great effect on the growing season to come," says Mike Burks, MD of The Gardens Group.
"We are encouraging gardeners in Somerset and Dorset to take action now. Beds and borders can be improved with a good mulch which will put back rich organic matter into the soil but it is important not to work the soil too much while it's still wet - as this can do more harm than good. A good soil improver can be really useful on beds and plots and it's not too early to start planning how to feed the garden after such as prolonged period of wet weather. Once the weather warms and plants start growing the addition of balanced fertilisers will be beneficial. Traditional slower release fertilisers such as Bone Meal, but also Fish, Blood and Bone and Chicken Manure will all be useful," said Mike.
All three garden centres are offering advice to gardeners who may have concerns about the best way to get their gardens in tip top condition for the growing season, and there are free talks, special promotions and useful information on all aspects of gardening.