Spring Gardening Prep
The weather outside might still be frightful but there's plenty to do to prepare for the big bloom. Putting your green thumb to work early in the season has incredible benefits that result in a lush and lively garden come summer. Here are 5 easy ways to complete spring gardening preparation.
Fix The Flowerbeds
When it comes to your outdoor garden, the flowerbeds are an important piece of the puzzle. Begin taking care of them now for the best results later on. In beds that did well last year, remove the composted, winter mulch and work it into the top layer of the soil to ease plants' growth. Remove weeds and dead growth that weren't removed in the fall to avoid hindering a healthy garden. It also is the ideal time to plant new flowerbeds, complete with a raised section to help with drainage, as well as trees, shrubs, and hardy perennials. Leave annuals alone until the last frost date passes.
Get ahead of the game by beginning your crop indoors. Work backwards from the last frost date to determine the best time to plant seeds. This usually ends up being 6-8 weeks beforehand, but it all depends on the region you live in. Use old egg cartons, milk jugs, yogurt cups, and disposable aluminum pans to plant the seeds. Spread the seeds evenly over the surface of any seed-starting mix, label the containers, and cover with clear plastic wrap to maintain humidity. As the plants grow, they'll need thinning to prevent overcrowding and eventual death. After the final frost date, move them outside.
Put food on your plate long before the summer crops come in. There are a wide variety of delicious veggies that thrive in the early spring chill. Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, and peas are just a few of the hardy foods that grow at this time of year. Keep them under row covers for soil warmth and protection against frost. You can even plant them in pots to be set outside during the day and brought in overnight. Once they're fully grown, the entire family can enjoy fresh nutrients straight from the garden.
Make a quick walkthrough of your yard and take note of any clearing and cleaning that needs to be done. Refill birdhouses, feeders, and baths with nesting supplies, food, and water to attract various feathered friends. Clean out your gutters to prevent water from drowning any plant life below. Check the trees for any dead bark and remove it. Give your gardening and lawn tools a good wash before getting into the swing of the season. Pick out any dead leaves that are in your pond, fountain, or other water features.
Include the garden in your home decorating ideas. Add solar lights, string lights, steppingstones, humorous signs, and other decorations to your outdoor space. They add to its appeal and bring year-round character to the garden.