It may seem like winter lasts forever, but eventually spring does arrive and with it comes a whole new ‘green’ promise for your gardens. If you want to save money or you have a green thumb, you likely have already started growing the seeds that will someday grace your flowerbeds, but for the rest of us, here are a few tips on getting that garden ready for spring.
First things first, you should sharpen your tools. This means shovels, pruning shears, lawnmower blades and anything else you can sharpen. Getting them work ready will save you time when you actually want to get to work in the garden. Rubbing mineral spirits on wooden tool handles will reduce splitting which may just save you from the dreaded splinter.
Get that soil ready before you start to plant. That is, you’ll want to clean up any leaves or debris that has settled there over the winter, but you also want to rake it and get some air into it. This is a great time to add compost for extra nutrients, mix it in well and you’ll be good to go once planting season is here.
If you have a new garden, if you want to re-do your garden or if you’re starting from scratch the best thing to do is draw up a plan. What do you want your garden to look like when you’re done? Do you want big items like trees in there or will it be an annual bed? Most will go with a combination of the two so they have something pretty to look at all year round, evergreens keep their colour all year, some perennials bloom in the fall after the annuals have been pulled, etc.
It may be intimidating to go into a nursery because you may get waylaid looking at all the beautiful plants and end up with nothing that you went in for. Best to arm yourself with a list. Take along your garden plan to remind yourself what will go where and once you see all the plants together you can make your final choices. Remember to keep tall things to the back so you can still see the short things and don’t crowd the garden, everything will grow bigger year after year.
Once you have your plants, the plan and a good base you can plant, sit back and enjoy the garden for the season.