What’s spring without a garden bursting with color? Everyone loves the sounds, sights and smells of spring – birds chirping, new rain and fresh flowers everywhere. Almost everyone sees spring as a time of rebirth and rejuvenation.
For the avid gardener, it’s a time to celebrate new life by cultivating new life. Here are some tips on keeping your garden looking beautifully colorful this spring. So whip out your gardening apron, gloves and boots and let’s get growing!
Have A Plan
Before you go into your garden and begin to upturn and uproot, ensure you have a plan and a vision. What do you want to plant? Where do you want to plant it? Do you have a colour scheme?
Do you want to have more vegetables in your garden this spring? Write all these down or, if possible, draw out your garden plan. This helps you have a focus while gardening. If you’re stumped for ideas on what to plant in your garden this spring, there are a couple of recommendations in this article. Keep reading to find out!
Get Your Equipment Ready
Getting the perfect spring garden begins with getting the right equipment for gardening. One is easily motivated to get on hands and knees in the dirt when you know the right equipment are in reach. This ranges from your pruning scissors to your spading fork to your gardening apron!
The apron is a very important gardening tool as it keeps you, the gardener, clean. Even better is the gardening apron with pockets, which comes in very handy for storing little things like seeds and small tools.
Tune-up and or oil any equipment that needs to be serviced. Replace old tools – if your garden is starting afresh, your tools should too. Sharpen blades, clean off rust and treat wood handles. Equipment in good condition makes for a garden in good condition and a very happy gardener.
Revitalize the Soil/Clean out Your Garden
Your soil is probably very dry after winter, so make sure you add some moisture. Tired soil does not encourage plants to grow. You can also increase the soil's health and fertility with the aid of compost, manure, or any other organic material. This will also ensure the longevity of the life of your plants.
Before enriching the soil, however, make sure to test the soil or check the pH level to determine how much product each soil area requires. This can be done with a small soil-test kit that can be used at home. Ensure to take samples from various parts of your garden to get the best results. Once your soil is ready to be worked on, it’s time to get to cleaning it out. Remove all the debris. Get rid of weeds by uprooting them totally, so they don’t grow back.
Prune Old Plants
You may have, in your garden, some resilient plants that made it through the winter. Be sure to prune them so they can grow afresh this spring. It’s advisable to hold off on pruning until the middle of April in case the weather unexpectedly freezes over again. Remember to only prune plants after they bloom, to avoid a situation where you cut off plants that would have become flowers.
Plant New Things
Now, the most important bit. After you’ve prepared your planting beds, it’s time for the sowing to begin. In planting new flowers, ensure to lean more toward perennials than annuals. This is because annuals have to be replanted year in and year out and as such, are not a very wise garden investment.
Perennials last for much longer – two to three years and have been known to survive the harsh conditions of winter. Some good recommendations for spring plants include lilacs, tulips, heather, gardenias, pansies, tomatoes, vegetables (lettuce, spinach, parsley and peas) and poppies. Choose a cool, cloudy day for your planting, so the heat of the sun doesn’t tire you out. Start your planting with slow-growers like lettuce and peas, so they have a head start and can bloom in time with the rest of the garden.
Some gardeners love a garden where little winged friends (such as robins and wrens) come to visit. If you’re one of those, be sure to clean out your bird bath(s) and feeders thoroughly. Make sure to keep them filled all spring and summer long, to keep your little friends coming back. Remember that gardening does not just end at planting.
Your spring garden requires the utmost attention and tending to keep it colorful and beautiful all through spring. This goes beyond just watering your plants, even though that is quite important. Ensure to mulch your soil regularly to prevent diseases and prune plants to ensure healthy growth. You may decide to plant new flower beds, mid-spring. Go for it!
As a gardener, you nurture life and provide beauty and color to the world around you. There are few things nobler than that. Happy gardening!