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Springtime Gardening Tips

Since Old Man Winter is starting to move along and the days are getting longer, it is time to get your Spring Garden ready to bloom. Having your own garden can definitely help your curb appeal, but it can also save you money if you can grow any of your own fruits and vegetables!

If you’re not so sure where to start, just follow these simple Spring Gardening tips to make sure your garden gets a head start this growing season!

  1. Clean out your garden. Remove all debris, including leaves, old dead plants and weeds. It’s also a great time to clean and sharpen your garden tools.
  2. Feed the soil. Add a couple of inches of compost, well-aged manure or worm castings. All of these are very important and lead to a healthy garden. Feed your garden with a well balanced fertilizer, carefully follow the directions.
  3. Prune your plants. Pruning your plants helps their growth, but make sure all signs of frost are gone. Spring blooming plants are generally pruned after they bloom so you don’t remove any future flowers.
  4. Start Planting. For bulbs- Lily, Canna, Gladiolus and Dahlias for late spring blooms. For flowers – Pansies, violas, sweet peas and snapdragons, they thrive this time of year. For vegetables – Lettuce, arugula, peas and cabbages – don’t plant tomatoes or peppers till late spring.
  5. Divide Perennials. Now is a good time to do this before spring growth begins. Share any extras cuttings/bulbs with neighbors, family, friends and co-workers.
  6. Mulch. Save yourself the head and back aches now by adding a couple of inches of mulch. This will help reduce weeds, diseases, save water and keep the soil a consistent temperature. Water soil before and after added the mulch. Keep mulch a few inches away from the plant stems not to cause root rot.
  7. Start a Garden Journal. Keep track of what you planted where in your garden. Record the progress of your garden throughout the year and see how your garden grows.

What are some of your best gardening tips?