How to Prepare Your Garden for Spring
This is a guest post by Lucy Markham. I hope you enjoy these reminders of what to do to get your garden ready for spring.
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just getting into the game, then now is a perfect time to start preparing your own little patch of earth for the warmer weather. If you’re as excited as I am about getting my garden going this spring, then you’re probably already using your food processor to make your own compost already, and if you haven’t started yet, you still have a little time! However if you haven’t started yet, here are a few vital things you can do right now to ensure your garden provides a perfect environment for successful growth during the spring and summer.
Rid the area of any unwanted guests
As soon as the weather begins to get warmer and the days get longer, the biggest hindrance to the growth of your garden and your own comfort will be the rodents, roaches, worms, and other bugs.
Wildlife and rodents can burrow under the loose soil that you spent time sifting through and even break up the roots of the plants and shrubs you’ve already planted. It’s best to get rid of these rodents as quickly as possible. If you think you only have a little problem because you see one worm or one mouse in your cabbage leaves, then think about the last time you just saw one worm. One pest is a pest issue and if you haven’t seen the rest of the rodent’s family yet, you will once he tells them where the free food is.
There are several ways to rid your garden and entire yard of pests yourself, however consider using organic pest control sprays to make sure it doesn’t poison your plants and vegetables. Also, if you start to see more and more little critters, coming to terms with the fact that you have a problem that warrants professionals sooner rather than later can save your crop, your trees, and your sanity this summer!
Get ready to dig a little deeper
Your soil may be frozen now, but as it softens consider using a new mulch or fertilizer to enrich your soil and provide vital nutrients for your plants and vegetation. Any experienced gardener will tell you about a difference in their crop and plants in the years where they didn’t invest the time into working mulch and compost into the soil.
If your goal is to go green this year, you can even look into organic composts that won’t mix unnatural chemicals into your garden. Thinking of your garden as a vegan, and anything with chemicals as meat will give you the right idea of what to put in. There are several terrific options for mulch and compost and with a food processor or heavy duty blender you can even make your own!
Also, when you are planting your seeds or putting in mature flowers and plants, remember to put them in at the best depth possible. Remember that each seed will do well at different depths, but a growing or mature plant will benefit greatly by being inserted a little deeper than you might think into the soil. In the deeper soil, the roots can take the nutrients found further down in the soil and strengthen to grow stronger and faster than if they had been planted in shallow soil.
So keep counting the days until the snow will melt and enjoy you gardening once the days turn warmer and longer!
Lucy Markham is an avid blogger and as a recent homeowner, considers herself a bit of an expert on all things home improvement, gardening, and home decoration.