Spring is almost here! And with it comes the need to have a plan for your garden. Otherwise, spring may catch you unprepared. Here’s a quick and easy step-by-step guide for how to prepare your garden for spring.
1. Clean up your garden
As the weather warms up, you’ll be itching to get out and start digging. Hold off for just a little longer. You need to do a thorough cleanup of the garden.
Start by walking around, breathing in the spring fresh air and just check things out. Pull up a chair, sit in the sun, and figure out where to start! Here are just a few suggestions for cleaning the garden:
- clean up all the winter debris: things like fallen tree branches, sticks, rocks, and whatever else is left over from winter
- clean out the leftover leaves from the fall
- rake off the beds
- pull weeds
- deadhead flowers you left for the birds
2. Prune and trim your plants
If you have any fruit trees, it’s time to prune them.
Trim your shrubs and your rose bushes.
Do you have grape vines? They need to be pruned, too.
3. Order seeds and bulbs
Since you can’t yet get out there and plant anything yet, make a plan. What will you be planting? Does your garden need a bit of moving around? Planning a redesign of your flower beds?
Spend some time in your catalogs and order summer seeds and bulbs.
Get some lily of the valley because it’s beautiful and smells delicious!
4. Prepare garden soil
If you haven’t pulled out your veggies at the end of last season, now it’s time to get them out.
Then dig your beds, add some compost (horse manure is good), and mix it with your soil. With the spring rains, the compost will seep deeper into your garden beds and prepare them for a good growing season.
5. Prepare your garden tools
Make a list of what tools you need for this garden season and take inventory. If you’re missing something, buy it now and be ready.
6. Divide perennials
This is the best time to divide your perennials. There are many reasons to divide your perennials: first, you’ll get more of the plants you love.
Other reasons include:
- the soil has lost its nutrients, and your plants are suffering
- weeds made their home in the middle of your perennial’s roots
- blooming has slowed down
7. Plant seeds indoors for plants that need a longer growing season
Start your seedlings indoors. This is such a nice treat while you’re still stuck indoors. I start my tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants this way.
You might need to use a heated seedling tray for best results.
8. Prepare your containers for gardening
If you grow plants in containers, take some time to clean out your garden pots. Empty last year’s soil and dried roots, and give them a quick wash if needed.
You can also decide what you’ll plant in which container and where you’ll be placing them.
9. Create a garden planting calendar
Investing some time now will ensure your garden will be well planned, and you won’t scramble at the last minute to find a plant you want or need.
It will also save you some money if you plan your garden and shop accordingly. And, of course, your garden will be organized and not haphazardly planted at the last minute and without any thought.
Now that you know how to prepare your garden for spring, get out your garden planner and start planning!
Don’t forget to enjoy the first blooms that come up in your yard unexpectedly 😉
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Adriana Copaceanu is a passionate nature lover living in the country on her dream property where she grows vegetables, lavender, and wildflowers that she shares with the wildlife they attract. When she's not in the garden, she loves spending time with her chickens and planning her next nature project. Check your her books below: