How to Prep Your Garden For Spring

How to Prep Your Garden For Spring

Follow these tips for a stunning spring garden that will last you the year through.

By: Marina Delio

Spring has sprung, which means it’s time to get your gardens into tip-top shape! Keep reading with our step-by-step guide to preparing a beautiful garden that will carry you right through the year.

5 Essentials for Getting Started

  1. Gardening gloves
  2. Shovel
  3. Trowel
  4. Mulch
  5. Compost

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Step 1: Make repairs
Planter boxes and garden borders often break down in winter, as pressure and moisture can easily warp wood. Check for damage and make any repairs before getting started on your spring garden.

Step 2: Weed
The preparation of a garden is the hardest part, but a garden made of rich clean soil will pay off all year long. Before any new plants can go into your spring garden, dead ones must come out.

Weeds steal nutrients and space from other plants, so put your gardening gloves on and pull them out. You don’t want them near your new, gorgeous flowers and veggies.

Tip: Pulling weeds is easiest when the soil is not completely dry — this way they slip out without breaking. If you are weeding a large, dry area, use a hoe to cut weeds just below the surface.

Step 3: Till
Soil gets compacted during the winter by the cold and moisture, so it needs to be broken up and turned into a soft environment where roots can grow. Till when the soil has some moisture in it but is not saturated with water.

Tip: Tilling is an important step when you’re creating a new garden but isn’t always necessary when you have an existing space laid out. Nutrients and habitants like earthworms from years past can often provide the same benefits as tilling.

Compost and Soil 101
Soil quickly settles and decomposes, so make sure you have some compost or topsoil to add at the ready.

  • Compost adds organic nutrients that will help your plants grow.
  • Topsoil can add the proper amounts of sand, silt and clay, as well as an ideal pH. You can have a sample of your soil analysed at a garden centre or buy a soil test kit to see what kind of shape it’s in, and then add peat, lime and fertilizer as needed.

Mulch keeps soil cool and blocks some light, preventing the growth of new weeds. Spread a layer of mulch over the soil in your garden once you have added soil and plants.

When to Start
It’s important to wait until the soil is warm enough to work with, as seedlings and transplants need aerated, soft soil to establish their roots. Wait until soil is crumbly and free of any ice crystals. Soil that is too wet will become compacted as it dries and new plants will not be able to grow. A week or two after the final frost is ideal for starting.

Marina Delio is the author of the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog and cookbook. She lives in Santa Barbara with husband, two little girls, cat, and egg laying chickens. Marina loves cooking, gardening, photography, and living a healthy lifestyle with her family.

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Can't wait I very anxious to start my garden!!! This years challenge is small space garden with herbs on my deck

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also clean large pots or containers for growing things like patio tomatoes (I plant sweet 100's) I also use large pots on patio to plant snap-peas & various herbs & various kinds of leaf lettuce!

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Great tips..thank you so much

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