Last Updated on April 22, 2021 by cmoarz
Spring is a time for renewal and growth. The air becomes crisp, the flowers start to bloom, and we get out of our winter hibernation in anticipation of summer! With the change in season comes new opportunities for gardening. Whether you are just starting or have been doing it all your life, there are plenty of great gardening tips that can help you with your spring garden and make this year’s harvest even better than last year’s! Here are some essential gardening tips for starting your spring garden:
1) Properly prepare your soil before planting – This is one thing that many people forget about when getting ready to plant their gardens. It may seem like an extra step but properly preparing the soil will be worth it in the long-run. It will help the soil retain water, keep your plants healthy and strong, and give it a good start for this season.
Start by tilling the ground to break up any clumps or hard bits of dirt that might be present in the area you are planting. Then add organic materials such as composted leaves or manure if available into the newly tilled garden bed about two inches deep. Another option is to mix aged animal manures with straw (or other light material) and then pile them on top of the fresh earth created by tilling while wetting down all layers before starting to plant in order to provide nutrients for new crops; after turning over again when dry to incorporate everything evenly throughout
2) Trim back older plants
Remembering to trim back older plants plants is important to create space for the new plants, and can also be used as a way to remove any dead or diseased parts of those plants.
The most common tools that are used include clippers, scissors, shears and garden snips. Scissors will cut flowers from stems but may not do well when cutting thicker foliage whereas clippers usually offer both options.
3) Remove all the dead weeds and previous years’ plants.
It is important to remove all the dead weeds and previous years plants as they will rob your soil of moisture, nutrients and space.
As a rule when removing these items it is best not to use any chemicals such as weed killer or insecticides that are harmful to beneficial insects but instead opt for organic solutions like using physical barriers such as placing boards on top of plots with heavy infestations of certain pests.
Some other options for removing these dead plants include twisting them out by hand or pulling them up- both methods should be used carefully so you don’t disturb other live roots.
4) Install trellises and stakes
Depending on what you are growing, You may need to install trellises or stakes to provide support for climbing plants. In most cases, the trellis will also need to be tied up at each end with wire in order to keep it from collapsing under the weight of heavy vines and branches
5) If it’s still early in the season, have a plan to protect your plants from unexpected frost.
The most common tactic is to cover plants with a sheet, blanket or tarp. If you do not have any of these materials on hand, simply clear an area that is covered in leaves and use them as a natural insulator
You should always stay close-by after covering your plants so you can check for the first signs of frostbite which will appear as browning at the tips. It’s important to protect until all danger has passed since even light freezing temperatures at night are enough to kill many plant species.
Some winner makers will use candles or other heat sources to help keep plants warm, but these techniques can be risky for novice gardeners and should only be attempted with extreme caution.
If you’re not sure if frost is coming or how much, it’s advisable to start covering plants at sundown. There’s no time like the present.
Hopefully, these tips will help get your spring garden up and running quickly and smoothly.