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Preparing your Garden for an Early Spring
It looks like spring has officially sprung almost 20 days early. Earlier than expected, it's suddenly time to get your garden ready for the season. Here are our top 9 tips for preparing your garden for an early spring.
1. First things first: Spring Cleaning. A good spring cleaning in the garden means removing leaves, digging out weeds, and cutting back vines and grasses.
2. Prepare your soil by tilling your garden area around 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface and removing any rocks or debris, then add organic matter and fertilizer.
3. In addition to organic material and fertilizer, you may want to add mulch to your flower beds. One to three inches of mulch can help prevent weeds and diseases, and keep moisture in the garden.
4. Clean leaves and debris from drainage areas. Spring seedlings do best in soil that drains well.
5. Test and adjust the pH. Most plants thrive in the 6.0 to 7.0 range, so a soil pH of 6.5 is ideal. A local test kit from a home improvement store can help you monitor your soil pH, and you can adjust it with these tips.
6. Add pavers and stepping stones. Once your garden is up and running, you need to be able to tend to your plants without trampling them down. A few well-placed stepping stones will make the job easier.
8. After cooking pasta or vegetables, use the excess (and cooled) water for your plants. Your garden will appreciate the extra vitamins and minerals.
9. Crush up egg shells and plant with them your seedlings to aid in healthy calcium levels.