“Spring?!” you may be thinking right now, especially if you’re still knee-deep in snow every time you open your door. But although we’re still slogging through winter, now’s the time to plan your new, or revived, spring garden. Here’s what you’ll need to do now so you can reap a lovely, warm-weather garden when the sun starts shining again.
Clean Up Your Garden
Remember what we tell our kids? Cleaning up is everyone’s job, and cleaning up your garden after it was lying dormant all winter is no different. Remove weeds, dead plants, dead leaves and other debris, and cut back overgrown plants.
Check for Damage
Eyeball your planters, window boxes, and garden beds for signs of cracking or moisture damage. Replace them, if necessary, with weather-resistant fiberglass window boxes and raised garden beds. Look for signs of rot on garden fences, gates, trellises, and benches, and fix or replace as needed—you’ll be glad you did come the warmer months, when you’ll want to relax and entertain outdoors.
Take Stock of Your Gardening Tools
Make sure your gardening tools are clean, sharpened, and ready for spring planting. Use soap and water to clean dirt and sap off of your tools, and medium-grit sandpaper to remove any rust. Wipe wooden handles with linseed oil. Take any dulled tools to your local hardware store to get them sharpened, or replace them with these rust-resistant gardening tools.
Check and Prep Your Soil
Soil needs to be dry and well-aerated before planting, so check your soil to see if it’s dried out. If it’s under a pile of snow, you can skip this step and wait until warmer weather sets in. But if it’s that “in between” season of winter and spring where you are starting to enjoy warmer days more frequently, then grab a handful of soil. If you can make a ball with the soil, it still has too much moisture. If it breaks apart in your hands, you’re ready for the next step: adding compost. (If you aren’t yet a compost-making expert, you can buy some from your local garden center.)
Tips for Planning Your New Spring Garden
Ah, this is the fun part! What, exactly, do you have in mind for your new spring garden? Maybe you want to brighten up your home’s exterior with new spring colors and bright, white window boxes! Or perhaps you want to create your very own “farm-to-table” lifestyle with an edible garden filled with fragrant herbs and lush vegetables?
Pick the Location
Have only a small amount of gardening space? As long as it gets a few hours of direct sunlight a day (and at least six hours when growing vegetables), it will work for your new or revamped garden. Make sure that your garden hose can reach the area for watering. If you’re planning on planting in the ground, check that there are no buried utility or electrical lines first by calling your local utility companies.
Choose Your Planters
If you’re planning on container gardening or using planters for your new spring landscape, which ones should you choose? Well, the answer is, it depends. If you live in an urban space with little to no yard or outdoor space of your own, you can always get creative by “gardening up” with stunning, attention-getting hanging basket planters.
Our elevated planters, like the Elevated Trug Garden Planter, are a great way to garden when space is an issue. Ideal for growing herbs and vegetables, but equally great as a backdrop for bright spring perennials, this raised planter is made from 100% food-grade cedar, making it both safe for edible crops and naturally moisture repellant.
Pick Your Plants
Whether it’s warm enough to plant yet or not, get an idea of the types of plants you’d like to grow. To do this, consult your Plant Hardiness Zone to see which plants will thrive, and which won’t, in the area where you live. Then take a stroll through your local garden center and look for the plants that match your zone (most will have a tag that tells you which zone they will flourish in).
While you’re perusing plants, look for ones that will thrive in the amount of sunlight your planters and garden beds can expect to receive, taking note of the plants you especially like so that you know what to buy when you’re ready to start growing.
Can’t Wait to Grow? Start Indoors!
Our seed kits are a great way to grow herbs and vegetables in the warmth of your own home. Or check out these fun indoor gardening ideas if you’re itching to get started growing and its still bone-chillingly cold outside.
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