From choosing your oak barrel planters, collecting rainwater, preparing your soil and choosing the right plants, we’ll run you through step by step how to get your garden in full bloom!
Preparation is key and having your garden ready a few weeks prior to your plant’s flowering season is important for your plant’s health. Here’s how you can get prepped:
1. Choose your Oak Barrel Planter
Get creative with garden planters! Here at Stretton Oak Tubs, we repurpose oak whiskey barrels and turn them into a stylish addition to any garden. Full of character and a statement piece, these are perfect for homing an assortment of plants, flowers and small trees. To begin your Spring garden preparation, you’ll need to have your planters ready to go! Here are our top recommendations:
A rustic oak barrel cradle, handcrafted from an original Scottish whiskey barrel. One of our larger planters at, 72cm long x 63cm wide x 36cm high. A perfect feature piece for any garden. £85 including FREE delivery.
A freshly cut 40-gallon oak barrel with natural rustic bands, measuring at 63cm diameter x 45cm high. £46.50 including FREE delivery.
One of our shallower planters and perfect for those who have limited available space in their garden. Measuring at 60cm diameter x 20cm depth. £37.50 including FREE delivery.
2. Benefit from the British weather and collect your rainwater!
It’s time you start making the most out of our typically drizzly early months here in the UK by collecting your rainwater. This powerful natural resource will be advantageous for your blooming garden a few months down the line. Its desirable pH levels and lack of added chemicals such as Chlorine and Fluoride which can be found in some local authorities’ tap water supply, make rainwater the best option for your garden.
3. Nurture and prepare your soil!
It’s time to put your final foundation in place for your garden with some soil preparation. If you’re relocating soil or compost already located in your garden, ensure you remove any weeds or pest plants that could compromise your future harvest health.
To give oxygen levels a boost and prevent your base from being too condensed that it could limit growth, we recommend you loosen and rotate your soil. Allowing better airflow throughout the soil and providing an environment to thrive.
Finally, consider some organic fertilisers. Your soil may need a nutrients boost if its been home to plants before, which means it’s time to introduce some compost or fertiliser to refresh. For example, young tomato plants benefit hugely from a calcium boost to prevent blossom end rot and promote fruitful growth.
4. It’s time to choose your plants!
Now that your preparation is complete, its time to select the plants, flowers or small trees you would like to incorporate into your garden.
Its time to decide, colourful flowers, vegetable patch or herb garden? If you’re in need of some inspiration why not check out our planting ideas blog here and feel inspired!
That’s it – your garden is Spring ready and prepped to bloom!