Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring!
This weekend I was so excited to get into my garden and get my hands a bit dirty. There is nothing better than the smell of good soil.
My whole family partakes in gardening because we all love it. My husband builds me the beds and helps me with lugging soil around. My girls help me with the soil and with getting my garden ready for spring planting.
In this post, I am going to go over what you need to do to get your garden ready for spring planting.
Gardening Resources To Get You Started.
If you haven’t started your garden yet, I have plenty of videos to help you out there.
Feel free to read my article on how to start your own organic garden. I like to garden using raised beds. It is so easy to garden in raised beds and you can have plenty of produce with as little as 5 minutes a day.
You can learn how to build your own in this video How To Build a Raised Bed. You can also buy this raised bed kit, Suncast WGB48 48-Inch by 48-Inch Cedar Wood Raised Garden Kit for under $50.
If you are just starting, I highly recommend that you start small. A 4’x4′ is a nice size to start with so you won’t get overwhelmed. You will be so amazed how much produce you get out of such little space. So let’s get started.
Steps To Get Your Garden Ready For Spring Planting
The first thing you want to do is clean out last years plants. Some of the plants are perennials and will grow back this year, so I will just clean off all the dead stuff.
My daughter Brynn is taking all the dead leaves off of last year’s strawberry plants. Underneath all the dead leaves the strawberries have already begun to grow, a good sign to start planting your cool weather crops.
In this bed, I have some garlic, which you winter over to create the bulbs in the spring, and some strawberry plants.
I have cleaned out all the dead plants and I am ready to add some compost or organic soil.
Simply add 2-3 large handfuls of organic compost or organic soil.
Add more soil than you will need. Once the soil is all mixed together, the soil will settle after a few weeks and drop an inch or two, so pile the soil up so when it settles you will still have enough soil.
Keep in mind, you only need 6 inches of soil to grow most plants. If you live in a very hot climate, you will need 12 inches of soil.
Now you need to mix the new compost/soil with the existing soil. Make sure you don’t pack your soil, just simply turn your soil lightly. Roots of plants like to grow in loose soil, not compact soil.
Allow soil to settle for 1-2 weeks before planting. You are now ready for your spring planting.