Diarmuid Gavin’s spring gardening guide kmanenti January 25, 2011 Want to get cracking on the garden but don't know where to start? Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin runs through the must-haves and must-dos of gardening for spring 2011, exclusive to iVillage. Make better compost. Coke increases the acidity, adds sugars and feeds microorganisms. Diarmuid garden slide 2Get buying!Diarmuid Gavin: Go online now or go to garden centres to get seed catalogues and plan ahead. Diarmuid garden slide 3Add window boxes to your homeDiarmuid Gavin: They are a simple, cheap investment and a great colourful addition to add character to your home - you can even start gro From our partner Diarmuid garden slide 4Take the splash and add a pond to your gardenDiarmuid Gavin: A pond is always a good addition - and not hugely expensive or complex. Diarmuid garden slide 5Invest in water buttsDiarmuid Gavin: Collect water using a rain trap on your down pipe, or catch water on hard surfaces such as garden sheds for example and divert it in t Diarmuid garden slide 6Get potting!Diarmuid Gavin: Think about outside your home and add pots and containers - these provide instant impact outside as people will immediately spot them as they a Diarmuid garden slide 7Get pruningDiarmuid Gavin: ...The best time for this is now. Work on those plants that have become a little bit overgrown now. From our partner Diarmuid garden slide 8Dont overcomplicate your gardenDiarmuid Gavin: Don’t use too many different species at once or it will look like a multi coloured fruit salad. Diarmuid garden slide 9Use my favourite – grasses!Diarmuid Gavin: I love grasses - and anything that looks like a grass - sedge for example. Diarmuid garden slide 10 1 / 10 Previous Next FROM OUR NETWORK JOIN THE CONVERSATION What's Popular 1Prince Harry's ex Cressida Bonas has written about her one fear leading up to his wedding. 2Harvey Weinstein has been charged with rape and Rose McGowan uttered the words we've been dying to hear. 3After only one week of being a duchess, Meghan Markle has already broken a major royal tradition. 4Steph and her mum are both blind, here's how they found her perfect wedding dress. 5Meshel Laurie has beautifully explained her new hair, saying "the fact is, I have a problem." FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?