Preparing Your Garden for Spring
The Spring season is almost underway, is your garden ready? Now is the perfect time to get a head start so that you can soon enjoy fresh vegetables from your garden.
First, you’ll want to decide on what plants you want to grow. If you plan to begin planting after the last frost, you’ll want to plant cooler weather vegetables like carrots, peas, beets and leafy greens. If you want vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, you’ll need to wait until mid-May when the weather warms up. Choosing your crops is an important part of the planning process and we always recommend starting with that.
Next, prepare your tools and garden beds. Cleaning your tools is an important step that is often overlooked. You want to ensure there is no leftover debris that can hold bacteria or fungi that can be transferred into your garden. Even if you cleaned your tools before storing them for winter, it’s a good idea to do another quick cleaning to ensure there is no dust buildup or signs of rust.
A few weeks before you plan to plant, you’ll want to turn over your garden beds. Ensure the soil isn’t compacted and remove any dead plants or weeds. You may need to add more soil too. Now would also be a good time to add some fertilizer so there is time for the nutrition to spread throughout your full garden bed.
Once the frost has subsided, you’re ready to start planting! Plant your seeds and be sure to notate each area so you can keep track of what’s growing. Be sure to water frequently enough to keep the soil moist but not soaked.
What will you be planting this Spring?