It's not quite here yet, but spring is definitely on its way. In just a few weeks the weather is going to start getting warmer and the sun is going to be shining for longer periods of time. You know what that means, right? Yep! It's time to start thinking about getting your garden ready for this year. Not sure where to start? Here's what you can do now to be ready when spring gets here.
1. Clean up the Leftovers from Last Year
It might still be cold outside, but now is the time to go out into your garden and clean it up. Pull out any plants leftover from last year so that you don't have any dead stuff taking up space where you plan to put in your new plants.
2. Trim Back the Perennials
If you have plants that come back every year, now is the time to trim last year's dead branches and leaves. That way you have a clean slate for this year's plants. Use a good pair of trimmers and make sure you cut the plants back far enough that the new growth has plenty of sunshine and air when it starts to bloom.
3. Start Your Vegetables Indoors
Some plants take a little longer to grow to harvest than certain zones give them. If you live in such a place, it's a good idea to start your garden plants inside so they can get a head start. When spring is here for good and the danger of a frost has passed, you can transplant them outside in your garden.
4. Check on Your Compost Heap
It might still be a bit frozen if you live somewhere cold, but now is a good time to give it a stir. Use a shovel and chop and mix what's on top of the pile with the good compost soil underneath. That way when the time comes to plant your new flowers and garden veggies, you have premium dirt to toss on them for a great harvest.
5. Test Your Soil
Many gardening experts say that testing your soil before putting anything into is a good idea. It's very easy to do and you can buy the kits for just a few dollars at a home improvement or garden store. The test will tell you what the nutrient level is in your soil that you know what adjustments need to be made in the coming weeks so that it's ready for your seeds and plants.
6. Clean out Pots and Planters
If you have last year's pots and planters piled up in the garage or shed, now is the time to get them cleaned out and ready to go. Empty out dead growth and dirt from each of the containers, then wash them out with warm water. They don't have to be perfectly clean, but you do want a fresh start this spring so getting them ready to go now puts you ahead of the game.
7. Order Your Seeds
If some of your plants need to grow from seeds and they aren't available in stores yet, go ahead and order them from a garden store so you have them when the time comes to plant them. This is also a great way to grow hybrids and rare plants that aren't easy to find.
Are you excited to start your spring gardening? What are planting this year?