Community Garden

5 Tips to Prepare Your Garden for Spring

Posted on: March 13, 2018 | By: grimes

By: Mandi Rasmussen

Spring is quickly approaching which means it is time to get your garden and yard ready for the growing season. Getting a jump start on spring chores will make spring planting less hectic. Here are the top 5 things you can do now to be ready once it is time to plant:

  1. Order your plants and tools now—This is the perfect task for cold, rainy days. Take inventory of your equipment, bulbs, and seeds so you can be ready to go when spring finally arrives.
  2. Clean out last year’s yard/garden waste—Use warmer days this spring to clean things up so everything is ready to go. Rake your yard and garden beds to remove dead growth and winter debris. Look for areas that need reseeding and additional mulch. This is also a great time to weed as the roots are shallow and will be easier to pull.
  3. Make needed repairs—Winter weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor planters and fixtures. Use this time to fix fences, trellises and garden beds. Make the repairs now before planting so as to have less growth and roots to disturb.
  4. Get your soil ready—Making sure your soil is ready to plant is one of the most important steps in preparing your garden. It is important your soil is dry enough to work with.  If it is too wet, there is the risk of compacting the soil, making it difficult for plants to grow.  Once you determine that the soil is dry enough to work with, you should consider performing a pH test.  A pH test will let you know what nutrients and fertilizers you need to add to your soil for optimal growing conditions.
  5. Start a compost—If you don’t already compost, now is a great time to get started. You can use dead leaves and winter debris from garden clean up to get your compost bin started.

Composting is something you can do year-round, and you can add just about any kind of plant material such as leaves, grass clippings, and vegetable peels.  This is a great way to naturally improve your soil’s health, making for a better planting season.

Consider signing up for an informational class hosted by the Library this month. Master Gardener Mamta will be on hand to answer questions about composting and starting your garden off on the right foot.