There’s nothing like the warmer sunny days of spring! With gorgeous days like these there is so much inspiration out there to start planning for your Spring Garden! Some of you may be experts already, but for those of you with less than a green thumb here are some great tips to help start digging for the pre-summer season! Happy Earth Week Everyone!
Want to grow some flowers? Ask yourself some basic questions to help steer you in the right direction! What kind of sunlight do you get? Do you want annuals, which you would need to replant each year but would give color for most the spring and summer, or, do you prefer perennials, which have a shorter bloom time but come back year after year? Look outside during the morning, afternoon and evening and keep track of how much sun you get over the day so you can be sure to pick a plant that will thrive in your environment.
Clean out your Garden!
Before starting, experts suggest that you clean your garden and remove all the debris. Try to get rid of weeds and make sure that you get the roots so they won’t grow back. Also take this opportunity to sharpen your garden tools, because you are going to require them for plant maintenance and soil care.
Pick the right place.
It is suggested that almost all vegetables and most flowers need about six hours of full sun each day. Carefully chose the right spot before digging, and check plant tags or ask the staff at your local garden center from where you purchased from to find out how much sun a plant requires. Use rocks to determine the perfect spacing and placement of each plant.
Clear the ground
Now that you are ready to begin, get rid of the top layer of sod covering the area you plan to plant in. Spread a 3-inch layer of compost (or combination of potting soil and topsoil) then start planting! When the sun starts to set water the garden bed, this time of day ensures that the warm sun wont soak up all the water.
Dig only when the soil is moist enough to form a loose ball in your fist, but dry enough to fall apart when you drop it. Use a spade or spading fork to gently turn the top 8 to 12 inches of soil, mixing in the organic matter. In vegetable gardens and beds of annual flowers, turn the soil only once a year in the spring before you plant.
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Happy Spring digging everyone!