We are in the fag end of the winter season. Soon it will be springtime. It is about time to take advantage of this dormant phase at the beginning of the year.
Shortly you will have your hands full once the growing season starts.
But before that, there is a slight time gap.
It is important for you to make the most of this slight time gap known as springtime to ensure that you prepare your garden for the flourishing times ahead!
If you think that having the right plants is enough for your garden to flourish then you are in for a surprise. There is a lot of preparation and maintenance that goes in to develop the garden.
In this write-up, we have enumerated the different things that you should work on during spring to ensure that you take the maximum advantage of the growing season that lies ahead of spring.
We promise after reading this piece of information you will enough arsenal at your disposal to prepare your garden to flourish during the upcoming spring season.
During springs the days get longer and the weather remains pleasant, and not so cold.
It is finally time for you to get outside and start working in your garden.
There is always a temptation to get started early by taking out a spade.
But, instead of jumping into it straight without thinking the best resort to plan your activities to ensure that you are ready for the right time to grow more plants and vegetables in your garden.
This is where the preparation stage commences.
Now that you have understood the primary reason for beginning to plan your growing needs in spring as promised it is time to look at the ingenious thing that will prepare your garden to flourish during the spring season.
So, without much ado, let’s get started.
Wean out all the outdated plants from the previous year to make the most of the growing phase that lies ahead
It is that time of the year when you need to pull out old plants from last year.
Cut back perennials and get rid of all the dead seasonal plants.
Accumulate all the dead plant matter and integrate it into your compost heap.
This way you will act like a goldmine.
Ensure that your mulch is down to get the energy and natural fertilizers back into the earth.
While clearing the earth ensure that you do not turn it over too much.
It has been observed that turning the soil may result in the depletion of nutrients that are dig in within the topsoil.
Learn more about hydroponic nutrients here.
One way to overcome this situation is by purchasing a fleece barrier that will help you to protect the bare earth.
The end result?
It will evade weeds to germinate and animals to harm your garden bed.
Here is a great post about weed control methods.
Employ good old manure and cover the borders of your garden to decompose the soil
Never get costly composts and fertilizers for the borders. Instead, try to find some good old manure.
Cover the borders of the garden through some good old manure and spread it evenly.
Then let nature take the course forward.
As time passes earthworms and rainfall will assimilate with the manure into the topsoil. This way you will end up with a refined soil to grow new plants and flowers.
Tidy up your greenhouse to make it ready for the seedlings
Spring is a great time to clean up your greenhouse and make it ready for the seedlings and cuttings of spring.
Before proceeding further, wash your greenhouse with disinfectant or detergent so that all the moss, algae, and general grime gets eliminated.
This way it would become possible to get more light in the growing months of summer.
Alternatively, it will assist in getting rid of pests and disease that can destroy your garden.
A point to remember: Do not forget to employ disinfectant on the glass too. This way you will eliminate all the smallest crannies and nooks that survived the chilly winters.
Mop any plant debris that you see on the benches and floors. If possible, wash it with a hot solution of garden disinfectant like Zoflora.
While you are in the greenhouse ensure that you wash the pots and seed trays to protect your young plants from diseases that can infect them.
Before using the greenhouse, ventilate it over a period of a couple of days so that it dries out completely.
Once the greenhouse gets clean and tidy, inspect every corner for any damage on the glass or vents. In case you find any broken parts replace them promptly.
If you are interested to learn more about DIY greenhouse then you may like to check out this post.
Soy those seeds that take a long time to germinate in order to make the most of the prepping time
It has generally been observed that spring is the best time to commence sowing seeds that require a longer time to germinate.
Seeds like antirrhinums, peppers, aubergines, and geraniums are some of the examples.
You need to ensure that they are sown in heated temperature to ensure proper growth.
Get rid of the harmful garden pests including larvae by employing chemical drenches or parasitic nematodes
Spring is the best time to get rid of hibernating pests. This will save you a lot of time during the warmer months when the growing season will be at its peak.
Check your perennial plants and search for any snails, aphid colonies, and slugs that concealed themselves during the winter season.
Clear out the last year’s summer bedding if you have still not done it. Watch out for white-vine-weevil larvae that reside in the compost and feed on plant roots.
Destroy any larvae that you find and take time to treat vine weevils by employing chemical drenches or parasitic nematodes.
Start collecting rainwater and use it to harvest during the hotter months
Install a water butt in your garden to make the most out of rainfall.
Usually most of the rainfall occurs in the winter months so it is about time to collect the rainwater.
Using rainwater makes your gardening techniques environmentally friendly.
During the hot summer season water demand reaches at its peak. Most of the time water companies employ groundwater reserves and streams which are considered to be harmful for the environment.
They are also costly to acquire.
Whereas rainfall is the best source to get water for plants.
There are certain ericaceous plants like rhododendrons, blueberries, and camellias that grow better using rainwater. The reason being, tap water is slightly salty which is not good for plants.
While installing a water butt ensure that you position it underneath a downpipe from your home or shed.
In case, you have a closed drainpipe, it is important to get a diverter kit to siphon off some of the rainwater.
Create a rich compost area to grow lovely plants in your garden area
If you have already not done this, it is about time to create a compost area in your garden. You can do this by purchasing a readymade compost bin or create it employing spare wood.
It is an area that assists you to dump all your organic waste. Once that is done, it will result in lovely, rich compost area where your plants will grow wonderfully well.
While creating a rich compost area ensure that you have right mixture of vegetable peelings, woody prunings, grass clippings, and paper.
Transform your gardening compost area by employing a garden fork on a monthly basis to keep it aerated.
Start planting as soon as the spring season arrives
Your first level of garden planting needs to get done and dusted during the spring season. There are certain plants which can grown in spring season.
Perennials and bulbs can be done and dusted using the simple mechanism of dig, drop, and done.
Plow the hole at the accepted depth and separation.
Make any soil amendments required.
Integrate the bulb/root ball by placing the crown right at soil level.
Fill the hole and water properly.
The start of spring season is your perfect opportunity to put in the hard work in your garden before the summertime arrives.
Always remember, the seeds that you sow today are going to germinate in the near future.
Put in all the hard work during the spring season and see your plants and vegetables flourish during the growing season.
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