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I was asked a question on social media the other day that took me off guard; they asked when to start gardening in spring. You guys! Someone asked me a GARDENING QUESTION! I know over the years my thumb has gone from black to a lovely shade of green-ish but this is all thanks to my husband who speaks plant fluently (our lovely garden).
Here is why I LOVED that this reader came to me;
- they thought of me randomly in their day (I mean that’s pretty incredible in itself)
- they were comfortable enough to reach out and ask (I love that most)
- and finally, they came to me for advise (that says a lot)
Now this reader was not totally off-base. We do have a garden and we do spend a great deal of our extra time in it together, it’s just some of us get dirtier than others. HEY! It gets done in a group effort, our garden wouldn’t grow as grand if there was not a shovel passer, a sprinkler turn’er on’er and beverage fetcher.
I’m not one to pass the buck or leave someone hanging, so I did a little digging (pun-intended) and had Sammy help me out with answering her question on when to start gardening in Spring. I also had him give me a little more info on Spring Gardening so that should the question get followed up with another, I would be ready. Then I thought OH HECK! might as well make this a blog post because she couldn’t be the only one pondering the question.
Sammy and I have come together, in a combined effort as garden expert and senior beverage fetcher on how to prepare for a Spring Garden. You may or may not be able to distinguish what recommendations he gave and what valuable information I added to these Spring Garden Tips, either way the list is strong. Here you have it, 6 tips in preparing for your Spring Garden:
- PREPARE SOIL AND REMOVE WEEDS
Probably the most tedious and least fun tasks in the whole gardening process (but well worth the time it takes). Prepare your soil, clean up the edges and remove weeds. This sets up a great foundation as well as the best chance of success for all your growing fruits and vegetables. Curious on how best to prepare your soil? Using a shovel you simply turn over the dirt in small sections until the entire box is done. TIP: need more of a visual of what it looks like to turn your soil? check out this little gardening video here.
- CLEAN GARDENING TOOLS
Start your garden off with nice clean tools. I doubt I need to go into detail on why this is a good idea but should you need a little explanation, think about it this way. Would you start dinner with dirty dishes from breakfast? Scrub those tools down, lay them out in the sun to dry and store them ready for the season ahead. TIP: avoid using any chemicals to clean your tools for obvious reasons, a simple soap and water solution will do just fine.
- GET GARDEN SHOES
Garden shoes are more important than you think. Being comfortable while gardening allows you more patients with your plants. As you have shoes designated for running and going out with friends, you should have a comfortable pair for gardening. Reusing an old pair of comfy shoes with a great insole, like Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Insoles will do the trick. No need to buy a new pair.
- STOCK UP ON ALLERGY MEDICATION
The last thing you want to do while gardening is putting you hands anywhere near your face, so if you suffer from allergies make sure you check your supply before you start getting dirty. My idea of fun is no itchy eyes and a running nose while you’re elbows deep in dirt. But this is where Claritin Rapid Dissolve Tablets and Aerius come in handy; both fast acting, providing you 24 hours allergy relief.
- MAKE OR BUY GARDEN FENCING
Planting beans has got to be the most fun to watch. Seeing those little shoots take off quickly, budding flowers and climbing their way up a trellis. Wait! What Trellis? Don’t get stuck trying to find a DIY on Pinterest to save those little beans of yours. Plan ahead and do prepare yourself now. In the past we’ve used plastic job site fencing (classy right?) and twine between 2 wooden posts. Doesn’t matter what it is you’re going to use, we just recommend you have it on hand. Going the DIY route? Check out some of the fun and easy projects on our Gardening Boards on Pinterest.
- REMOVE PESTS
Now is the best time more than ever to vacate your garden bed of pests. From the aphids, slugs and snails, let them know they’re no longer welcome. Re-home them far far away from your future garden. Doing this now will be far easier than fighting them off later, especially after providing them a fresh food source. Not to say you won’t get them visiting your garden beds but this should make it easier to to keep up.
Now that your garden beds are ready for planting and you’re fully prepared for your first allergy attack, it’s time to start planning what you’re going to grow for the season ahead. Check your seed stock and see what you need more of or what you would like to add to your garden beds this year. You may choose to start planting seeds now indoors, March is a great time for this in preparation for early Spring planting. We found this great little chart from REALfarmacy.com that shows the best time to plant what based on your temperature or last Spring frost.
We hope you find this list of tips in preparing for your Spring Gardens helpful. Do you have a Gardening board on Pinterest and want to pin this for later?
<< PIN IT FOR LATER!
and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready!
Disclosure :: This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you,
always read and follow the label.