With the dawn of the New Year, getting your garden in order will be the resolution for many. So, here are the important steps you must take to prep your garden for the Spring growing season:
Knowing the right time to plant and grow your different flowers, herbs and vegetables are important in order to achieve the best growth possible. Especially if you are buying a number of different seeds with varying grow times. Most will need to be germinated or planted in the middle of Spring (around May), so it is important to know when to start growing them indoors and when to transfer them outside.
Buy or create a calendar for your plants, using the information that comes with the seeds to help determine your schedule. A garden diary can also be used alongside this to determine the success of your garden over time. It may seem like a lot of effort, but planning early can help to ensure the success of your garden in Spring and Summer.
If you plan on growing any flowers, herbs or vegetables, chances are they will not take well to immediately growing in outdoor soil. In the weeks leading up to Spring, you should start by growing your seeds into seedlings indoors.
This doesn’t have to be a time-consuming endeavour, simply choose a selection of paper cups, add drainage holes and put on a tray with newspaper. Then simply add soil and the seeds of your choosing. Keep this tray in a warm place with no direct sunlight.
Water regularly and after a couple of weeks, you will find yourself with a healthy bunch of seedlings. Once Spring arrives, you can transfer these from the pot directly into your soil for a Summer bloom.
Plants will not grow well if the soil you plant them in is not well-prepared beforehand. But, knowing when to work the soil in order to be ready to plant in Spring can also be difficult. Do it too early and you risk the soil being too wet, making it compact and harder for your plants to take root when you do plant them.
To test this, simply get a handful of soil and squeeze. If when pressed the clump breaks apart easily when it is dry enough to work with, if it sticks together then it is too wet.
Once your soil is dry enough, then you can start work by removing weeds, any large stones and dead plants. Use these to produce new compost for Summer growth. A broad garden fork is ideal to help break up the surface of your soil, as it will speed up the work and evenly distribute the soil – or you could use a tine tiller.
As soon as these steps are taken in Spring you will be ready to plant your seedlings. If you plan to grow Spring flowers, then as soon as you finish this work is also an ideal time to plant your bulbs in the newly worked soil.
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