Last Updated on April 24, 2021 by cmoarz
The days are getting longer and the weather is warming up. It’s time to start planning your spring garden! Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or new to the game, we have everything you need in order to make sure that this year’s garden is a success. In this blog post, we will discuss how to prepare for spring gardening: from what tools you’ll need, where you should plant them in your yard (or other area), when it’s best to get started, and more!
Preparing the Ground: If you’re planting your garden in an area that has never been touched before, then it’s time to get out those shovels and gardening trowels! You’ll need to dig up all of the dirt in order to loosen things up a bit. This is best done by using a square grid system- seven squares wide by five deep. Once this process is complete, rake and level off any remaining soil so that there are no bumps or dips left behind.
Choosing What Vegetables To Grow: Along with deciding where you want your vegetables planted (whether in raised beds or rows), it’s also important knowing which ones you want to plant! There are many different types of veggies available for purchase from the humble potatoes to the exotic bok choi.
Now, it’s time to get planting! You can either buy your seeds and plant them right away in the designated area you prepared or wait for Mother Nature to do her thing. If you choose to go with this route, just be patient as she’ll sow some of those veggies for you!
Your Planting Site: There are many different ways that people like to garden- from an average yard with grass on one side and a vegetable patch on the other; from rooftop gardens installed over carports; even from window boxes that sit atop high rise buildings. Take into consideration what type of space is available before choosing which vegetables will grow best there (the ones who need more room versus those who prefer smaller spaces).
How to Get Ready for Gardening: After you’ve chosen your space and vegetables, the next thing to do is make sure that they’re in seed form. You can either purchase them at a store or order them online. When it comes time for planting, be mindful of weather conditions- if you live in an area where winter might still linger on into springtime, wait until about April before starting any seeds indoors because soil has yet to warm up and frost will have killed off many potential pests who are waiting just below the surface ready to wreak havoc on your garden!
Be aware of the last frost date for your area. In colder climates, this is typically around the end of April or beginning of May- if you live in a warmer climate where frost may not be an issue at all, feel free to plant as soon as you can!
If you’re looking to get a jump-start on your spring gardening, it’s best to start planting as soon as possible. Some plants like tomatoes grow better when they have time outside in the sun and will need about two months before they can be transplanted outdoors. Other plants that are more cold tolerant might not need any special care or protection from frost until early May so feel free to plant them now!
Do you want to plant some trees too? Now is the time to start looking for what you want and where. It’s best to plan your tree placement before planting because trees need a lot of space and it can be difficult to move them once they’re established.
For fruits, make sure that any fruit-bearing plants are in an area with at least six hours of sun exposure per day- otherwise they may not produce much fruit!
Choosing a fertilizer
Choosing a fertilizer can be tricky. If you are planting an edible garden, use a fertilizer with high levels of nitrogen as well as some phosphorus and potassium for healthy growth.
– For trees: when choosing where to put your tree, make sure it is in an area that receives at least six hours of sun exposure per day or else the fruit production may suffer!
– It’s best to plan ahead before planting because after they’re established, moving trees can be difficult if not impossible depending on what type of environment they thrive in.
-Fertilizer choice will also depend on the type of vegetable you are growing.
-If you’re growing tomatoes, strawberries or other plants that thrive in acidic soil, use a fertilizer with high levels of phosphorus so the plant can absorb it. You may also want to add an organic compost tea for extra nutrients as well as gypsum if your soil is too alkaline.
-If you are growing lettuce and cabbage in your vegetable garden, fertilize with nitrogen because these vegetables need lots of food to grow their leaves quickly and provide plenty of nutrition for humans!
– If you plan on planting root veggies such as carrots or radishes, using a slow release phosphate based fertilizer will help produce firm roots.
Start a spring compost
it’s never too late (or early) to start a compost pile. Adding nutrient-rich ingredients such as grass clippings, leaves and kitchen scraps to the mix will help your soil become more fertile for the planting season. We recommend vermicomposting, which you can learn more about here.