Ways to Ready your Garden for Spring as Winter Comes to an End...
Spring is not yet here, but it's certainly getting close. As the calendar turns to March and April showers are on the horizon, it's time to be getting your garden ready for Spring. Gardening is one of the favorite pastimes among the employees here at ShopScissors.com. We always strive to bring you high quality florist and gardening tools (click here to shop florist items) to help you maintain your beautiful outdoor spaces.
That being said, the close of winter is a crucial time for the year-long health of your garden. Here are 6 great ways that you can make sure your garden is ready for Spring and beyond.
1. Aerate the Soil
There may be a ton of snow on the ground right now where you're at, which may make this an impossibility at the moment. However, as soon as there are a few warm days that melt the icy layer, take advantage of the opportunity to prepare your soil. If your garden is large, using a tiller is recommended. If it's smaller, just loosen the soil as much as you can. This will ensure that when it comes time to plant, the soil will be in great shape.
2. Get Your Garden Tools ready
Organize your garden tools and double check that everything is still in good working order. Give everything a good wash and remove any rust or dirt that may be leftover from last year. If you have a lot of tools, think about getting an organizer and labeling where everything goes (you can get your labels here).
3. Decide What You Want to Grow and Order Your Seeds
This is definitely the most fun part. Once you've organized your tools and gotten back into the garden to prep the soil, you will certainly have started to get ideas on what you would like to grow this year. Go ahead and research the plants and place your order for your seeds. That way, whenever the weather breaks, you'll be ready to go!
4. Layout Your Garden on Graph Paper
This is a really fun exercise that allows you to really maximize the space in your garden. You may think you know exactly how you want your garden to be organized, but once you actually lay it out and can see it on paper, you'll no doubt see areas that you can fix. Try out a few different layouts to compare.
5. Test Your Soil
When the last day of frost occurs in your area, it's time to test your soil so you know what your soil is lacking. Get a soil sample of about half a foot wide by half a foot deep and scoop it into a jar. Leave a few inches at the top, fill the jar with water, add dishwasher detergent and put the lid on. Then shake the jar well and allow it to set for 2-3 days. Mark lines on the jar where the sand layer separates after the first minute or so. Then after a couple hours, you'll see that the silt level will settle on top of the sand. Mark this line as well. Finally, after 2-3 days, the clay layer will stand on top. Next, you simply measure the proportions of each to get your overall percentage of soil matter. E.g. if your overall soil is 6 inches tall, and your sand layer is 2 inches, you have 33% sand composition (2/6).
Once you know where your soil is lacking, you can add the elements it needs to get it just right.
Ideal soil percentages are 20% clay, 40% sand and 40% silt. Here's an image from earthandhoney.co illustrating the experiment:
6. Wait for Spring and Dream of your Beautiful Garden!
Now that you've done all of this, the last thing you can do is wait for Spring to get here.
If you follow these steps, you'll be sure to have your garden in excellent shape for 2016. We can't wait to plant our own gardens this year. Please be sure to let us know any other methods you recommend for pre-Spring gardening by leaving a comment below.