Prepping Your Garden for Planting

Prepping Your Garden for Planting

The time is here. Spring is soon to be upon us, which means it’s time to start preparing your garden for spring planting. If you’re new to gardening, you may not know how much preparation goes into spring planting so that you can have a beautiful and plentiful garden through the entire planting season. But don’t fret; here at Amazing Rake, we’re ready to help you get started.

Getting your garden beds ready early and preparing to dive right in when the good weather stays around (typically around Mother’s Day) is one of the best ways to make sure you have a garden of plenty. Pay attention to the following tips and check them off your springtime list as you take care of them this season.

Clear Out Flowerbeds

The number one thing you want to do is make sure that your flowerbeds and garden beds are cleaned out. This means you need to remove any dead leaves and debris. Trim back any perennial plants that were left to go dormant over the winter so that they can immediately start with fresh growth as the weather warms.

Eradicate Pests

Along with cleaning out all the dead plant matter from your garden beds, it’s also time to go after any hibernating pests before they become a big problem later on. Keep an eye out for a variety of bugs that can easily destroy all your hard work, including: slugs, snails, aphids, and vine weevils. Remove all the pests you can find and consider starting an organic soap routine early to avoid having to use stronger chemicals if possible.

Work the Soil

Once you’ve cleaned up the garden beds, it’s time to take a closer look at your soil. Your garden beds can become hard over the winter. If the soil is dry enough, go ahead and take the time to break up the surface soil and start to work in compost, grass clippings, or peat moss depending on what your soil needs in order to make it a rich food source for your plants. Don’t start working the soil if you are able to pick up a handful, squeeze, and have it still stay in a ball. Soil that stays together like that is too moist to start working.

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Sow Seeds Indoors

Areas that have short growing seasons benefit the most from starting seeds indoors early. If you like plants that either need a longer growing season or you live in an area that has a very short growing season, make sure to germinate your seeds inside. Choose from a variety of different potting options and make sure you keep them in a warm, bright area to give them the best start.

Plant Summer Bulbs

Bulbs are unique in that you have to plant them substantially prior to them growing, however, they’re beautiful perennials to add to any flowerbed. Ideally, you will want to plant your bulbs in the fall so that they have the time they need, especially for spring bulbs. But, in a pinch, you can plant your summer bulbs in the very early spring. Just make sure that the ground has thawed enough first.

Fix Up Fences

While you may not be able to plant your garden and flower beds quite yet, we’re sure you have plenty of other tasks that you’ll need to take care of. Don’t forget to fix up any fences, gates, and edging this time of year so you have more time to garden and less to worry about.

Prepare Your Gardening Tools

You certainly can’t take care of your garden properly if you don’t have the tools to do so or your tools are banged up and not taken care of. From your trowel to your leaf scoops, you need to make sure everything is clean and in working order before you get them dirty all over again. Now is also the time to add to your tool collection, like adding a potting bench or the perfect stool in order to make the process easier for you.

Start Composting

Lastly, if you haven’t started a compost pile, now is another great time to start! Take all those garden scraps and start adding them to a fenced off corner so they can breakdown. You’ll be able to add leaves, grass clippings, and food scraps in order to make sure you have amazing compost for your garden each spring. Make sure to turn the compost pile each month with a pitchfork or shovel in order to make sure that the scraps break down evenly.

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