Spring Garden Preparation Tips


Date: February 28th, 2013

As the wind howls and the snow piles, spring and summer may seem like an eternity away. But don't give up hope – the growing season is approaching!



Planning for Planting

With spring slowly approaching, this is a good time to start planning your vegetable garden. Go digital! There are several free websites that allow you to map out your garden online.

Calculate how much compost, mulch, fence or fertilizer you may need. Stock up before the growing season so that you won't need to grab supplies at the last moment.

You may find it more efficient and economical to organize your garden with a fellow green-thumb neighbor. By swapping produce you both will spend less time and money on crops.

Spring Cleaning

Remove debris from the garden plot such as large rocks, sticks, mulch and dead plant material. If you had issues with blight, wilt or some other disease the previous growing season, it is imperative that you remove the old mulch and plant vegetation. If you had a healthy growing season without disease the previous year, add the plants to the compost pile or turn them over to create organic matter for the soil.

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Check trellises or raised beds for any signs of rot or damage.


Watering Systems

Winter is an excellent time to check on your watering equipment and to make sure that everything is in working order. Check hoses for leaks, make sure that nozzles are left unblocked and that automatic timers have new batteries. Watering equipment repair parts can be found here.

Protect your Plants

Food scarcity during the winter months can lead to more ravenous pests that attack your garden. Remove large items around your garden such as stones or boards as these are great hiding spots for insects. Slugs and snails can be especially destructive to plants if left alone.

Fungal diseases may arise from winter dampness so spray plants and trees with an anti-fungal treatment.

Time for Lime

Soil with a pH below 6.2 will benefit from the addition of lime. Check your soil's pH with a soil test kit.


Get a Head Start

Most vegetable and herb seeds can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost. For more information on indoor gardening, click here.

Turn the Pile

Depending on when you began your compost pile, this may be a good time to start turning the pile or poking air holes for stimulation.



Reap the Benefits

Before long you can have fresh veggies and beautiful flowers gracing your garden! How do you prepare your garden for Spring? 

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