Spring Gardening

After a cold and grey winter, the bright sun and warming temperatures of spring bring on the feeling of rejuvenation and renewal—finally a breath of fresh air! With spring jumping back into our lives, bringing an increase in daylight, now is the perfect time to get your flower beds ready for some seed-sowing and bring your garden back to life.

Spring gardening tips
"Spring Flowers" by Mike Mozart is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Tidy up - Prep your gardening area by removing debris like dead leaves and old growth from your lawn. If you have a greenhouse, sweep out all plant debris from the floor and wipe the glass clean. Be sure to disinfect everything, including the glass, with garden disinfectant to get rid of pests and diseases. Clean out all of your pots and seed trays to stop diseases that can infect your young plants. Keeping your greenhouse open after cleaning will make sure everything dries thoroughly.

Prepare your gardening tools - Just like disinfecting your greenhouse, cleaning off your gardening tools will help stop diseases from spreading and infecting your plants. Caring for your tools by cleaning and sharpening them will help to preserve them, which will save you money and keep them in top shape when it comes to the ground work.

Selecting your plants - Whether you're looking to be immersed in a sea of colorful flowers or want to enjoy plucking vegetables from your own garden, it is important to know which types are best to plant around this season.

  • A flower showcase - If you are looking for a colorful summer display, planting summer flowering buds like Lilies or Gladiolus in early spring will give you the picturesque summer garden you are looking for. If you are looking for quicker results, you can pick up flowers available this season to add to your garden. Pairing these flowers with annuals will liven up your landscape. Here are a few pairing combinations you can try in your garden:

    • Pansies and hyacinths
    • Primroses and tulips
    • Scented stock and daffodils
    • Sweet Alyssum and Dutch iris
  • Spring vegetable garden - If it is something edible you are looking for, you will want to plant your spring vegetables as early as the first signs of workable soil. Cool season vegetables are perfect to plant during the cooler months and create a bountiful spring garden. One thing to remember about growing vegetables is that they need 7 to 8 hours of full sun daily. However, cool season vegetables will be fine with only 6 hours of sunlight and some can even grow in partial shade. Here are a few examples of cool season vegetables:

    • Arugula
    • Beets
    • Carrots
    • Kale
    • Onions
    • Lettuce
    • Radishes
  • Gardening is a great way to welcome the upcoming spring season. It will bring color back into your life after a dark, long winter and can be a rewarding experience through nurturing and watching your little seedlings grow.

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