Spring gardening starts now. This is about the time of year when gardening fanatics start getting anxious to get their hands into the spring soil. It may seem there are a couple months of waiting to do, but believe it or not there are things that can be done right now to get that spring gardening started. Why not get a jump start on spring gardening and planning?
On warm early spring days:
Take a look around and see about taking care of all the gardening and yard prep that didn’t get done in the fall. Raking, trimming and pruning can all be done now. Pull down last years temporary fencing. Start thinking about how the garden will be laid out in the late spring. Early spring is a great time for planning yard and gardening maintenance tasks..
This is also a good time to start tilling up the garden soil and adding nutrients.
This doesn’t work in extremely cold climates as the ground is too hard. Here in Denver, we have many warm days in the spring where the gardening soil can be worked. Toss a few red wigglers (worms) in there while you are at it. This gives a gardening jump start on aeration. Use the garden as a compost pile prior to the final spring tilling.
For those lucky enough to have a greenhouse:
Early spring is a great time to clean it out and get ready for spring gardening. Purchase any pots needed for seed starting. Early spring is best for starting seeds in a greenhouse or window. Fill the pots with rich compost for the best growth. Seeds started now will bring earlier gardening harvests. Remember to start multiple batches, 10 days apart, for fast growing plants that will need replenishing.
There’s time in the spring to do a little planning.
Sit down with a sketchbook or graph paper and map out the yard in pencil. Decide what the gardening layout will be. Think about what plants will grow best in what location. Successful gardening has a lot to do with placement. Invest in a couple good gardening books to get ideas flowing.
Make a trip to a landscape supply or home gardening supply store.
Pick up needed items for gardening landscaping. Trellis, cages, railroad ties for borders, whatever is needed for spring gardening construction can be planned for or purchased in the early spring to save time. Warm spring days can even be used to start setting up gardening landscape. Imagine how much easier gardening will be this year with everything ready in early spring.
This article was previously published by this author on a now closed Yahoo property.