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10 Important Tips To Prepare Your Garden For Springtime

If you’re like most people, as soon as the weather starts to warm up, and the mornings are bright and sunny, you start thinking about your garden, and what you can do to have the most successful growing season ever! Soon, you’ll see little chutes begin to pop up, and before you know it, you’ll be eating fresh salads directly from your own garden every day.

Before you start your garden, though, here are a few tips to help you prepare, grow, and maintain your garden the best way possible starting right now!

1. Order early

A windy and rainy early spring day is the perfect time to get out the catalogues, and order your flower bulbs, and seeds. Every gardener has a few seed catalogues ready to offer inspiration and advice when picking just the right flowers and vegetables for your area. Keep in mind your sun/shade areas, your climate, and your soil when choosing bulbs and seeds.

2. Clean up

Before you even begin planting, you’ll need to clean up and clear out those old beds and borders. Turn over the soil to prepare for new planting, and add in organic matter such as compost, seasoned manure, or old grass clippings. This will create the healthiest soil for your garden to grow.

3. plan

It pays to rotate your planting areas when you are gardening vegetables. Grab a notebook and a pen, or use an online planner, to get an idea of where you’ll be planting your seeds to maximize the area you have to plant in. Take tips from seed catalogues regarding your growing period, and the zone you live in. Take into consideration how many hours of sunlight your garden will get on a daily basis. Good planning can make or break a successful vegetable garden.

4. greenhouse

If you’re a lucky gardener with a greenhouse, get out there and wash it down with a good disinfectant. Remember to wash down benches, trays, and pots, too, and keep it open over a couple of days to make sure it dries thoroughly.

5. start early

Begin starting seeds inside that need a longer growing season. You can start this in February or March, if you have a heat mat and lights. There are many flowers and vegetables that benefit from being started indoors, so do some research. Just about anything can be used as starter planters – even ice cube trays, pint milk cartons cut in half, yogurt cups, and/or toilet paper rolls cut in half and stood on end. The point is – start growing those seedlings!

6. pesky pests

Inspect your gardens carefully for any pests that have decided to over-winter there. The crowns of perennials are where many slugs, aphids, and snails take shelter over the winter. Clean out last year’s pots and if you see pests when you clean, consider purchasing parasitic nematodes as a protectant that won’t hurt your garden, only the pests.

7. move shrubs

Got a shrub or shrubs that you’d like to move? Now’s the time, while it’s still in its dormant stage. You’ll want to do this on a non-windy day so that the roots don’t dry out. Dig up as much of the root ball as possible, and this will mean digging a wide circle around the shrub. It’ll be able to establish itself much quicker if you do this. Don’t place them deeper than they were in their previous soil level, and when you’re done replanting them, give them a good drenching.

8. fix

As soon as the weather warms enough, get outside and repair garden boxes, raised beds, fences, trellises, and gates. These tasks aren’t what you’ll be wanting to do when planting time comes, so get them out of the way earlier rather than later, so you can enjoy your summer gardening. Enlist the help of high school students if you need an inexpensive way to get some of the bigger repairs completed without breaking your gardening bank.

9. garden tools

Clean them up with a disinfectant to stop the spread of disease from bacteria and fungus. Give them all a good sharpening, or take them to a local hardware store to do the job. You’ll enjoy your gardening more when you have clean, working tools to use.

10. compost

If you don’t already have a compost area – create one! You can either buy or make a bin, and you’ll have an awesome place for garden and organic food waste. Add in grass clippings, paper, and wood. As the compost breaks down, turn it each month, and soon it’ll be a boon to your garden.

By prepping your garden sites now, and doing some advanced planning, you’ll be ready to go when it comes time to get those seeds (or seedlings) in the ground.

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    Use This Spring Clean-Up Guide To Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

    Spring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to get the outside of your home in top shape before the summer months. A little sprucing can go a long way with enhancing your home’s curb appeal. In fact a property’s outdoor appeal can dictate people’s home buying decision. And while it’s not always necessary to keep a perfectly manicured lawn and flawlessly trimmed trees and bushes, little updates and refreshers, such as washing the windows and re-painting the front door, can make a positive impact. Plus, yearly maintenance can prevent big, costly overhauls down the road.

    Use this infographic from The Grass People to hit all the bases—from the lawn and gardens to outdoor lighting and walkways.

    15 Spring Blossoms That Will Beautify Your Home

    Spring is here and you want the exterior of your home to look the greatest! You also can’t wait to get your hands into the dirt and begin planting. You can satisfy both these desires by planting some of these easy springtime flowers that’ll brighten up your exterior, and your mood!

    Peruvian Lily

    This evergreen hybrid comes in gorgeous shades of purple, and they do well when cut for bouquets. Yellow and orange varieties are bright and summery. These lilies will grow to around three feet tall and will keep producing blooms so long as it doesn’t get too hot.

    Monch

    The monch is a type of light purple aster that is delicate looking, but extremely tough. They can grow up to two feet tall in nearly any soil and will keep flowering so long as spent blossoms are removed.

    catmint

    Twelve-inch tall, lavender-colored flowers sit atop beautiful silvery green, leafy stems that bloom in late spring or early summer. Encourage these beauties to re-bloom by cutting them back to the ground when the flowers have faded. These dense flowers make wonderful low hedges.

    coneflower

    Also known as echinacea, these big and bright blooms grow up to two feet tall with flowers that reach up to four inches across. Best known for hybrids in orange, yellow, bright pink, and purple, these flowers will keep blooming all the way until fall!

    Coreopsis

    Coreopsis are lower, small blooms on thin but sturdy stems, that come in a wide variety of colors. Some flowers have lacy edges, and some smooth, but so long as you remove the faded blooms, coreopsis will keep on blooming all summer long.

    Forget-Me-Nots

    If you’ve got a slightly shady area that you want to brighten up, this is your flower! Blooms are light blue, lavender, and pink, and will add just enough color to areas that don’t get full sun.

    blanket flower

    Big, warm-colored flowers similar to daisies and just as cheerful, and in gorgeous shades of sunny yellow, bronze, and deep red. They bloom in single or double flowers, and are right around 2.5-3 feet tall.

    Gaura (a/k/a Beeblossom)

    Delicate little white and pink flowers in clusters on top of tall, thin stems, these almost look like a type of grass topped with butterflies! They grow to around three feet tall, and love to “creep” into other areas than the one they were planted in.

    Scarlet Avens

    Greenish-silver velvety foliage gives way to a striking, almost wildflower-looking bloom in shades of bright red. These don’t grow super tall, but the foliage grows wide – up to two feet in diameter.

    Gloriosa Daisy

    Deeply golden hues emanate from chocolate brown centers on stems that will reach anywhere from twelve inches to four feet tall, depending on the variety. They love full sun, but can also tolerate a bit of shade, too. These cut flowers look beautiful in a bouquet.

    Lavender

    Lavender is a garden staple because of their hardiness, and fragrant qualities. These unique looking plants grow to right around 24 inches high, and the density of their stems remind one of a shrub.

    Yarrow

    One of the easiest flowers to grow is also one of the best bloomers! Yarrow consists of tight clusters of yellow flowers on top of two-foot tall stems with fern-like, lacy leaves. As well as being beautiful, yarrow is recorded to have many medicinal purposes.

    Penstemon

    If you have a passion for red and purple, penstemon needs to be in your garden! Long, trumpet-shaped flowers of deep purple or red are favorites for garden borders and edges, or anywhere you need a real “pop” of surprising color.

    Pineapple Sage

    Pineapple sage is a favorite of butterflies and hummingbirds, and it has a fragrance reminiscent of a ripe pineapple. They grow tall – up to four feet – and have fire-engine red blossoms with bright spring green leaves.

    Sea holly

    An interesting and unusual addition to your garden, these thistle-like, large blooms will be a conversation starter! Unique silvery-purple shades of flowers will bloom all summer long, and look wonderful when cut for bouquets.

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