Skip to main content

Hochanda's Guide to Gardening this Spring

As we move into April and bid winter adieu, there’s no better time to start cultivating your garden than now! This guide to sprucing up your flower beds and creating greener scenery should aid your horticultural ventures this spring and the coming months.

This month calls for warmer temperatures, so why not start anew in preparation for the heat by clearing your soil of any excess weeds and creating extra space for new flowers to thrive and bloom? By doing this, you can go onto plotting fresh beds by layering a thick layer of compost over your soil and cultivating the ground to a minimum of 10 inches deep. Clearance is an important step as it’s very easy to unintentionally allow overgrowth, especially during the winter. Promote a healthy season for your plants by preparing beforehand.

Continuing with the theme of clearance and renewal, another preparation task for those with bird feeders/baths would be to clean them sufficiently. All sorts of wildlife will be emerging in your garden during the post hibernation months, and the lack of interaction has most likely left those feeders a little worse for wear. Revitalise them by disinfecting before cleaning, using either a weak bleach solution or, as the RSPB state, cleaning them with a 5% disinfectant solution. By doing this, you’re saving birds and other wildlife from being infected due to poor maintenance of feeders/general negligence.

It’s a new season, so a big objective is most likely planting appropriate plants that will really benefit and thrive from the change of weather. Quite a few cool weather plants are listed in this Martha Stewart article, and she also recommends planting these on a cool, cloudy day. This is due to the fact that a bright sunny day has a wider temperature range, whilst an overcast day has a much smaller temperature range and is familiar territory for a plant that may have been growing in a greenhouse, where the conditions are a lot more regulated.

There are plenty of other tips and tricks to be found in the ‘gardening’ tag of this blog, as well as on where you can catch a variety of shows in relation to gardening. Visit the gardening section of our website for a variety of gardening and outdoor products.

Watch Hochanda live online, on Freeview channel 39, Sky channel 663 or Freesat 817.

Popular posts from this blog

Crafter's Companion Turns 11!

We’re so excited that Crafter’s Companion are celebrating their 11th birthday (WOW!) that we’re bringing you 11 days of amazing shows from your Crafter’s Companion guests. with 5 One Day Specials, 2 Weekend WOWs, and 1 Weekday Wonder this is an event you do not want to miss... 

“We can’t believe Crafter’s Companion is celebrating their 11th birthday later this month, and we’re so excited that we will be bringing you AMAZING new products, special offers and bonus gifts! We wanted you to be amongst the first to know what’s going on so you can be sure not to miss a thing!
So make yourself a cuppa, sit back and relax for an amazing line-up of guests including Leann Chivers, Sheena Douglass, Debbie Shore and Fiona Clayton and make sure you tune in for the launch!”  

Here’s a taster of what’s to come… 

To Celebrate the Crafter's Companion birthday in style we're giving YOU the gifts! That's right, you'll receive a free gift with EVERY SINGLE ORDER! 

Here's a selection of …

Don’t miss our House Warming Party!

We know how much you’ve been missing us on Freeview, but don't worry we will be back at our new FREEVIEW home on Channel 85 this Saturday, 1st October – and we want to invite you all to our House Warming Party!
We’ve got 8 days packed of fabulous shows from the biggest names in craft including Sara Davies with the Crafter’s Companion team, Barbara Gray and her amazing Claritystamp products, the Creative Expressions team, Encaustic Art, Hobby Art, Past Times, Quilters Trading Post, SAA, Antex, be Creative! And so much more…

What can you look forward to?
Credit on your Account To celebrate our new home we will be offering EVERYONE £10 credit off your first order during our week-long celebrations, all you have to do is spend £30*.
Bonus Gifts Each of our guests, on every day of our Housewarming Party would love you to join in the party! To include you in our celebrations, you’ll receive a bonus gift that will be automatically added to your purchase, made during any live show!
Up to 20%…

Tonic Studios Joins Hochanda!

Join the Celebration!  Tonic Studios have joined the Hochanda family, and to welcome them we will be launching a week extravaganza from the 30th March at 8pm - 9th April 8pm. Expect lots of brand New Products, Exclusive Mega-deals, Giveaways, Offers and more!

Who Are Tonic Studios?
Tonic Studios specialise in creating innovating die cutting, stamping and scrap-booking products for the paper craft community. With a passion for design and manufacture, they have an extensive range of products which allow you to build a collection of top quality craft projects. In the 15 years since Tonic Studios has been established the product design team has developed many products to provide additional user utility. Tonic's ever expanding range of dies has helped bring us to the forefront of paper crafting with some of the most detailed, versatile dies available on the market. Tonic has expanded its knowledge of crafting products over the last few years to create a new brand of products called Nuvo.…