Preparing Vegetable & Flower Gardens For Planting
Do you have a vegetable or flower garden?
Here is how to prepare your vegetable or flower gardens in spring:
Spring is in the air, time to start thinking about preparing vegetable and flower gardens for planting. There are many ways you can prepare your vegetable and flower gardens in spring before the season is in full swing and today we will discuss some of those tips.
Get Garden Tools Ready- Take your garden tools out of storage and have them all ready for action. Clean them, look them over and fix anything that may be broken. If necessary, find a convenient place to store them close to the garden area.
Prepare Your Greenhouse - If you use a greenhouse then now is the time to start cleaning it up; sweep all debris that has fallen inside from Winter season, clean up the area from your last Spring garden season, prep the shelves and make sure there are no holes or broken windows/plastic in your greenhouse. You will want to have your greenhouse area set up to move your seedlings started indoors just in case the temperature doesn't warm up quick enough. If you don't have a greenhouse, we made one out of pallets for less than $20! Here is how Pallet Greenhouse
Start Seeds Indoors- You can start growing seeds for your vegetable and flower gardens inside about 4-6 weeks prior to planting outside. Choose which flowers or vegetables you want, go purchase some seeds and an indoor kit to setup your seedlings for maximum garden growth. Most home supply and garden stores will have these kits as well as online. This is also extremely cost efficient. Seed packets are a few bucks and can result in multiple plants as opposed to an average of $3 for 1 plant.
Clean up garden areas- Remove dead leaves, fallen debris and other unnecessary growth from all of your garden locations. Cut back dead grass and old growth, give it a good rake. To speed up ground thaw, cover with black plastic. When the top of the soil is loose enough, start working about 1" thick layer of manure or your preferred fertilizer into the soil with a rototiller.
Remove Hibernating Pests It may seem daunting, but if you start removing the pests from your garden locations now, it will save you money and time later. Look for slugs and snails as well as larvae which can be deadly to your plant growth. Remove all of the hibernating pests and treat the area with a pesticide or natural remedy you use to keep pests at bay.
Collect Natural Rainfall - Set up a rain barrel system to start collecting rain water for your garden, this is a great way to help cut down energy costs, help the environment and ensure your plants are getting water that is full of natural nutrients for maximum growth. Rainfall is the most natural way to feed your garden plants, so start collecting the rain water now.
Fix Fencing- Now is the time to start mending broken fences. It is important to keep rodents and pests out. You don't want to come out and find the neighbors dog has trampled your flowers or the local groundhog chowed all of your carrots.
Now when it is time, you can get those plants in the ground and enjoy the bounty of your garden all season long!