So apparently prepping the garden during winter is something that everybody does but nobody told you about it. You've been totally out of step with your garden's cycle and now it seems too late for a bloom-full summer. Firstly forgive yourself, garden prep in the depths of winter is about as appealing as a shovel of cold porridge. You can still jump on the gardening carousel at any time however, you just have to play catch-up.
Start a raised bed where you can put in the right type of soil with the right pH balance.This way you can be ready to plant without having to prepare the whole garden straight away. Put in your plant supports at this stage too so you don't risk damaging roots later on as they sprout.
Rinse out any pots or containers that sat out over winter with hot soapy water to ensure no bacteria has developed that could harm new plants.
Ask at your garden centre for native plants that are suited to the current temperature and will be ready to go. These will also be attractive to the local birds and bees who will help your garden flourish. Also look for flowers and plants that flourish in the spring sun like Dahlias so you can see results quicker.
Remember your greens
Choose a healthy amount of evergreens to keep the garden healthy looking for the rest of the year and to fill in the gaps between your plants and flowers.
This is a job that always needs to be done but especially if the garden has been neglected for a while. Don't forget to check around the driveway and patios. Daisies and Dandelions may look pretty but you'll need to take them up too.
Lay out all your gardening tools, including the garden hose, to check they're in working order and sharp enough and then store them away in an easily accessible dry spot that you won't be put off going to.
Compost is the fuel for your garden and a great compost is something you should always be working on but it's never too late to start. Some rotating compost bins can help speed up the process or you can use a wooden crate and, most importantly, a pitchfork to move around the material at least once a week.