5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Spring
by Johnny Gunn
do now will bear fruit in a few months!
Here we are in late
winter or early spring, depending on that
old ground hog, and it's
time to put the garden in some kind
of order. This short list can
make spring and summer that much
more productive in your garden and,
of course, your pantry.
You are probably already being inundated with
telling you it's time to plant. Pay more attention to
local weather patterns and history than those that want you to
something. In some areas of the country, May 15 can be
too early to plant. While in other areas, February
15 is just fine.
Use your local wisdom to your best advantage.
Equipment - This is
an excellent time to pull all of your
equipment out of storage and
make sure it's in good shape for
the spring, summer, and fall work
ahead. Spades and rakes
clean and sharp. All the handles need to be checked
splinters, and cracks, and those with terminal
problems need to be
Now is the right time to replace anything that won't
year. Buckets, hoses, pots, and all other growing aids need
be brought up to your standards.
Garden Plan - A plan? We
need a plan? Absolutely we do. Use
the tallest plants you're going to
have growing to shade those
that need shade, and keep those that
need full sun in the sun.
Make a little drawing of your garden and
indicate where the
sun is during its arc across the sky, and mark
where. This will also help you with your watering schedule.
putting the plan together, remember that you will be
harvesting in a
few months, and let the plan work for you so
you don't have to fight
off one vegetable in order to get to
Now is an excellent time to spread your
pile over your garden area (if it's thawed) and turn it
Tilling or spading the compost into the existing soil will
all the good stuff to meld with what was left over from
- If you use plant food, herbicides and pesticides,
now would also
be a very good time to check your supply and
replace those that might
be out of date or in short supply.
Patio Functions - My wife and
I grill even when there's snow
on the ground, so I might be jumping
the gun here, just a bit,
but now would be a good time to break out
all the spring
furniture and clean it up. Break out the pots and
will be planted and put the soil in. Again, make a plan so
the long run, there is very little work to be done when the
and little darlings get potted.
All of this makes for a
well-stocked garden shed, a well-
planned garden, and a patio
prepared for a delightful
and summer. Ribs anyone?
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