Gardeners’ Corner with Derry’s Springrowth Garden Center

But where to start ? In this weekly new feature, the “Journal” visits the Springrowth Garden Center in Springtown to chat with owner, Cyril Quinn. Cyril gives all the tips and tricks he has to beautify your garden.

This week he talks about giving the garden a general order. But first, who are Springrowth Garden Centre? Cyril said: “We will be open for six years now in April and we have progressed every year with things like updating the shop, installing new rows of trees etc. So we build every year. We also have new suppliers this year, we have new ceramic pots that are absolutely flying. The price of diesel drives up the price of sand and gravel and the big trucks used to deliver it mean they spend a lot more on fuel than before. We are not going to increase our prices, however, we have tried to keep things as stable as possible. We get all our stock from Ireland, North to South, so we don’t have as much hassle with transport. We keep it local and support the local economy. This means that our plants are all adapted to the climate here too. Some people source the plants from warmer, drier climates and spend a few days in a lorry to Ireland and they are not very healthy when they arrive. Ours don’t have a long way to go, so they’re healthy when they arrive.

To give the garden some general tidying up, Cyril said: “Tidying up means just that – you tidy up. Most people will have already cut the lawn for the first time, but if not, now is the time. I wouldn’t cut the grass too low just yet, take a third of the height off and that’s a lot. Lawn edging gives a nice neat finish, so put the oiled-up edging scissors into action, or use a crescent edger, spade or brushcutter.

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“It’s also a good idea to feed the lawn now as it can look lean and hungry after fall and winter and the lower temperatures and less light these seasons bring. A spring feed will bring it back again when the ground will begin to warm up.

“Now also tidy up your shrub beds and herbaceous borders by raking the leaves and cutting the remains of last year’s herbaceous plants such as lupines, astilbes, sedums, hostas, etc. Remove dead leaves and flower stalks and make way for fresh new growth. Put all this waste in a compost bin, do not waste it.

“These beds can also be covered now, if you have well-rooted compost, use that or a compost such as a ‘rose, three and shrubs’ compost. This will nourish your plants and give a nice rich dark brown surface to your flower beds.

And for people who don’t have a garden, Cyril says, “If you want to grow something on the window, herbs are often the way to go. You can cut them while you cook and it’s as fresh as it gets. You can keep it on the window until it gets a little woody, then you can throw it away or propagate it to create a new, smaller plant.

Next week Cyril will be talking about all things rose. He will explain how to prune your rose bush and what it does for the plant, as well as experimental ways to propagate the rose bush.