• Crystal Young

How to Prepare Your Garden Beds for Spring


You’ve been waiting for it, wishing for it and sometimes even praying for it. And now it’s finally here… Spring! As seasons go, this is one of our favorites. Every day brings a little more warmth, sunshine and blossoming of the beautiful plants and flowers around us. But for us gardeners, spring also means it’s time to get to work. Nature helps us out a good deal, but if we want our gardens to truly thrive in the summer, we have to get our hands dirty. The fact is, if we don’t invest some time in preparing our garden beds now, we’ll face a lot of frustration and disappointment later. So, read on for a few of our best tips to prepare your garden beds for a glorious summer ahead.

Loosen Up

First things first – if you haven’t touched your garden in a while, the soil has been compacted and requires some attention. Go in with a shovel or digging fork when the soil is just a little damp. Take the time to loosen and turn the soil, remove rocks and evict any unwanted plants so that there will be enough space for plant roots to grow and spread. Dig in to loosen at least the first top 8 inches of soil.

Nourish

Then, a couple weeks before you’ll plant, work in your cover crops. These will go a long way in protecting and fertilizing whatever else you plant. Next, go ahead and spread a generous layer of compost – a half inch is good but an inch is better. Compost is an important step in infusing the soil with organic nutrients that will ensure your soil nourishes your plants. Once you’ve spread the compost, turn the soil over again to incorporate the compost into the soil.

Prevent

Now, keep in mind that one negative impact of loosening and turning soil is that weed seeds that were previously buried are now closer to the light, which means they may now germinate. You can nip these in the bud by either using a weed and feed product or laying down a thick layer of a mulch like pine needles or grass clippings. But if you do use a weed and feed product, you should only introduce plants that are already growing as new seeds could also be impacted by the chemicals.

Fertilize

Now we’re getting to the good stuff! Once you’ve prepared your soil, it’s time to treat your garden to the right fertilizer that will help your chosen plants grow up happy and healthy. We recommend using an organic fertilizer to keep your little eco-system as natural as possible. It’s just a bonus that organic fertilizer is is also more cost effective.

Plan & Learn

Once your garden beds have been prepared, you can start planting! But it’s important to plan your garden correctly. Take the time to learn about what your chosen plants like in terms of sun exposure, water, and planting time. If you don’t know how to take proper care of the plants that you chose, they won’t thrive the way you want them to. The good news is that we can help! The Packard Farm staff is pretty obsessed with plants and gardens, so we’re happy to lend our knowledge to your project so that all goes according to plan. Come on in and we can get you started right away! 📷📷Want to add a caption to this image? Click the Settings icon.

You’ve been waiting for it, wishing for it and sometimes even praying for it. And now it’s finally here… Spring! As seasons go, this is one of our favorites. Every day brings a little more warmth, sunshine and blossoming of the beautiful plants and flowers around us. But for us gardeners, spring also means it’s time to get to work. Nature helps us out a good deal, but if we want our gardens to truly thrive in the summer, we have to get our hands dirty. The fact is, if we don’t invest some time in preparing our garden beds now, we’ll face a lot of frustration and disappointment later. So, read on for a few of our best tips to prepare your garden beds for a glorious summer ahead.

Loosen Up

First things first – if you haven’t touched your garden in a while, the soil has been compacted and requires some attention. Go in with a shovel or digging fork when the soil is just a little damp. Take the time to loosen and turn the soil, remove rocks and evict any unwanted plants so that there will be enough space for plant roots to grow and spread. Dig in to loosen at least the first top 8 inches of soil.

Nourish

Then, a couple weeks before you’ll plant, work in your cover crops. These will go a long way in protecting and fertilizing whatever else you plant. Next, go ahead and spread a generous layer of compost – a half inch is good but an inch is better. Compost is an important step in infusing the soil with organic nutrients that will ensure your soil nourishes your plants. Once you’ve spread the compost, turn the soil over again to incorporate the compost into the soil.

Prevent

Now, keep in mind that one negative impact of loosening and turning soil is that weed seeds that were previously buried are now closer to the light, which means they may now germinate. You can nip these in the bud by either using a weed and feed product or laying down a thick layer of a mulch like pine needles or grass clippings. But if you do use a weed and feed product, you should only introduce plants that are already growing as new seeds could also be impacted by the chemicals.

Fertilize

Now we’re getting to the good stuff! Once you’ve prepared your soil, it’s time to treat your garden to the right fertilizer that will help your chosen plants grow up happy and healthy. We recommend using an organic fertilizer to keep your little eco-system as natural as possible. It’s just a bonus that organic fertilizer is is also more cost effective.

Plan & Learn

Once your garden beds have been prepared, you can start planting! But it’s important to plan your garden correctly. Take the time to learn about what your chosen plants like in terms of sun exposure, water, and planting time. If you don’t know how to take proper care of the plants that you chose, they won’t thrive the way you want them to. The good news is that we can help! The Packard Farm staff is pretty obsessed with plants and gardens, so we’re happy to lend our knowledge to your project so that all goes according to plan. Come on in and we can get you started right away!

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