April brings about the arrival of spring, and spring plantation. We can stick to organic gardening for now and plan our garden accordingly. Who doesn’t want a garden which looks and appears perfect! However, for that you need to pre-plan and act in time. It’s not that tough I tell you. Act smart and act on time to clean-up the winter-clutter.
Overall your garden might be looking like a big messy space and much like every garden owner; you must be clueless as to where to start cleaning the garden from. The preparation for spring plantation doesn’t require a lot, but at the same time It does require you to act smart. Collecting seed, using the right kind of tools, preparing your soil, these are a few things which you must bear in mind before starting for the spring plantation. Over here we have a guide which will help you begin and know where to start from! Follow the guide of How to Prepare your Garden for Spring Cleaning.
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Let’s start spring with these few simple steps
Cleaning up around the corners
Setting up for spring planting may seem like a hefty task, but if you organize yourself one step at a time it will save your time and effort. Start with tidying up the beds, take out the weeds and clean up the area near your garden. Taking out the weeds can take you longer, depending on the size of your plantation area, don’t panic!
Preparing for plantation in Edible gardens
Edible gardens may be a little tricky to work with, since you have to be sure which vegetable/fruit you can harvest earlier and which one later. Start preparing the beds of peas and spinach instead of the tomato ones so that the earlier crops can be sown. You can come back again to work with the crops which will harvest later.
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Remove matted leaves
Start by uncovering the earth by removing those matted leaves. Continue with trimming down the wilted leaves from ever-green plants and semi-ever green such as perennials, hellebores an epimedium.
The key to maintaining a well-managed garden is to organise. You will see this term repeated because we want to go on a clutter-free pace. Maintain a chart of what you want to sow, when are you going to sow it? Another simple way to this is to maintain the seed packets in accordance with the weeks.
A seed chart doesn’t take much to create. Generally, you enter a date, assuming by that time the weather will be frost free. Draw a chart underneath this making 5 columns. These five columns will be under the headings of Crop, Weeks from Sowing, safe to set out time, setting out date.
With the help of a calendar you can easily add or subtract the number of weeks and mention it under the title of “safe to set out time.” This subsequently will give you a date for your “setting out” and it is advisable for you to plant the crop inside in the garden.
Taking the dates from “setting out date” subtract the number of dates which are mentioned in “weeks from sowing” and enter that date in column number 2 “when to start inside”.
Compost heap for the debris
Since you will be harvesting and generating in heaps, take out the finished material and clear the beds subsequently. Nature has its own way of recycling the useless material by decomposing it. This occurs with the help of microorganisms and several other decomposers, making a by-product known as compost. Compost is used for soil enrichment and helps nourish your soil for better crops.
Go for the bulk mulch instead of using plastic bags. Using mulch can benefit you in several ways. It slows down the weed production and also delays the moisture loss. In addition to that, it aids in the breakdown of underlying soil subsequently making it more fertile and with an improved texture.
A layer of mulch maintains the soil temperature and also protects your soil from excessive rain
Avoid mucky soils
Always avoid working in mucky and sticky soil. I avoid working in semi-frozen laws, even if I have to delay some chores. This completely ruins the bedding and makes it difficult for you to fix the soil once it dries off.
Play with those colours here and there
Work with flowers while adjusting some pots of pansies or violas or any other colourful plant you like. This will not only boost your mood but also give you a reason to get busy with that little patch of green of yours. Winter has been around for a little too long this year and well, it may take you some time to fix your garden. But once your garden starts bearing fruits, it seems as if all that hard work for spring plantation didn’t go in vain after all.