A great garden still requires a lot of preparation and maintenance to develop. If you cleared out and mulched your garden in fall, all you have to do is wait for the soil to warm up, and then walk out and start planting.
This may sound odd to you, but my favorite season in the garden is early spring, after our raised beds are prepared but before anything is growing.
What you need to prepare the garden in spring. Invest in basic garden tools. Before you begin planting in the spring, here is a checklist of the 8 steps you should take to prepare your garden for a successful season: Get your shed in order.
Cover crops provide a great nutrition boost to young plants. As you ready to prepare gardens in fall for spring, you may need to prep new beds and empty out existing beds or beds that are already filled with shrubs, bulbs, etc. (you’ll see how i put this into practice in the video below.)
The sight of the raised beds topped up with rich soil, moist and crumbly, free of weeds and ready to plant is a brief moment of perfection, full of promise, a blank canvas awaiting the gardener’s. I’m very excited to be on track for another fruitful year in the garden come spring! Do a soil test and a ph test at this time of year to see what your beds are going to need.
With an established garden bed there’s not much prep you need to do to start planting in spring. Flowers and other plants prefer a tidy place to grow in, so make sure you have a tidy plot of soil for them. Take stock of your patio planters.
Let the cover crop grow until early spring, then till it under. Decide what you’d like to grow. Dig up around 2.5 to 3 inches of organic matter (i.e.
An important tip to get your garden ready for spring is to check over your containers. To plant, you simply broadcast the seed, lightly cover it with soil, and water. Also, make sure the soil is well watered.
It’s a good idea to replenish the soil in planters each spring. Sharpen blades, oil hinges, and think about expanding or upgrading your collection. After planting, cover your beds in a 5cm layer of mulch.
They should be ready to harvest by early summer. Dig out the weeds, inspect them for cracks, and refresh the soil for new plantings. See our cover crop guide.
Wintertime can bring about a soggy, damp compost as the result of snow, rain, and ice. Choose the right seeds or transplants. Wait a few weeks after tilling before planting.
Clear your garden of dead leaves and weeds. Spring is when you’d also work your cover crops into the soil and give them a couple of weeks to start decomposition before planting. Spring garden with hostas and allium.
While beds can be amended in the spring, prepping new beds in the fall allows the compost to really settle and begin to enliven the soil prior to spring planting. I’ll share how to prepare your. Preparing your garden soil for planting vegetables is vital to growing a productive garden that will put food on your table.
Start working the soil (but time it right) most folks choose to work the soil before planting spring crops, and it’s important to time this step correctly. Work the earth when it’s too wet (e.g., from melting snow), and you risk compacting the soil, which makes it more difficult for plants to grow. Before you plant, prepare your soil by digging in compost and manure so your plants have the nutrients they need to grow.
If you have perennial plants, cut back the dead growth.