Spring is just around the corner! If you have a garden that you tend to well, then this is the best time to start planning and setting up any preparations necessary. Here’s what you are going to prepare for your upcoming spring garden.
A Garden Plan
Start planning early on! Start planning for your garden spring in mid-winter to study different types of flowers and plants that are suited for spring.
What plants and colours do you want growing there? What about the arrangements? While planning for your spring garden, it would also be a wise choice to factor in how long it would take for your plants to grow.
Check for any supplies and tools that you will need to set up the garden beds to achieve your goals first!
Certain plants may require a higher garden bed, and some needs proper irrigation to flourish. Aside from the usual gardening tools, you should also prepare some crop protection fabrics to shield your plants from the unpredictable weather in early spring.
Soil Fertility Maintenance
Ensure that your soil is healthy and fertile enough for your spring garden to fully flourish. This means that you should not keep your soil bare and empty!
Having some plants growing on the soil would supply it with nutrients from the plants’ root systems. Keeping your soil flourished with plants also help prevent it from getting eroded by weather conditions.
Once the winter snow melts away, it is going to reveal a neglected-looking garden, perhaps with dead sticks, leaves and any other mess that the winter weather brought to your garden.
Dangerous trees, old, rotten or wooden branches and trees should be removed properly and in accordance with local council regulations for cutting down trees. An inspection should be made for any common tree pests or diseases.
Rake and clean your garden to prepare it for your spring garden revamp! This would also be a good time to trim the weed and bushes around your garden.
Ready the Pest Control Supplies
Snails are out in full force during spring, so you would want to ensure that your plants will be protected from these pests during that time.
Keep snail baits inside small containers around your garden and replace the baits regularly for best effect. The containers would help to keep the baits dry and away from your garden soil.
Take a look at your garden – how is the irrigation? Install a drip system or a sprinkler if dryer areas if you have difficulties with irrigating your plants properly.
You can opt for a raised garden bed if you have issues with pooling water. It’s best to keep the soil arable and loose so that your plants can absorb water and nutrients easily.
Don’t make your garden plan too grand, especially if you have limited manpower to set up and maintain the garden.
Factor in how much time you will need to water, weed and feed the plants. If you are growing harvestable plants, then you should also be wise with how much you are planting.
Prepare Your Garden Beds
Once winter has passed, you can start preparing your garden beds. This will be a good time to bring in the manures and composts.
For best results, you can refer to your initial spring garden plans to build your garden beds. You can also prepare some other good fertilizers to add onto these garden beds later on.
Document Your Garden
Keep track of what you planted, along with when and where you did so. This can help you to remember where you planted everything when your plants have just started budding.
You can also use this documentation for your garden planning next year. By then, you can rotate your crops in different garden beds to keep your soil fertile.
Some plants will need good frost protection more than the others. If you have a greenhouse, it would be a great idea to raise the saplings in it first before you plant them in your garden.
You may only be able to plant these seedlings in your garden a few weeks into spring when the last bits of winter frost have passed, so you’ll need to care for these seedlings well!
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