As your number one real estate resource, The Jim Dolanch Team realizes that you want to learn about what it takes to be a top-notch homeowner. While we provide you with ample real estate statistics and tips for selling or buying your home, we also realize that landscaping and gardening are a huge benefit of being a homeowner! We’ve already told you How To Prepare Your Garden for The Fall, and now we’re going to give you tips on How To Prepare Your Garden for Spring!
To be exact, compost is
“organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as fertilizer and soil amendment, and a key ingredient to organic farming.”
Motherearthnews.com says it’s also a good tool to “build fertility and loosen soil”. This is the first step because it needs to be done a few weeks before you decide to plant, according to this source. (Once the snow is gone) cover the soil with a half-inch or even a full inch of good compost. Think of compost as way of repairing your soil because it will nourish crops and allow the soil to better handle water because of it’s nutrient-rich organic matter.
On the dryer spring days it’s important to cultivate the soil as much as possible. Especially if you are a new gardener or gardening in a new area-if this is the case you might want to consider using a shovel to get rid of the rocks and roots. However if you are a veteran gardener or in a location used more than once, a broadfork is best to loosen the soil. Cultivating the soil is an important step because of how wet the spring season can be. Loosening the soil in this way dries and warms the soil, which allows the roots to enter in easier.
Finally, once the seeds of your plants are planted, it’s important to fertilize. Mortheearthknows.com suggests using organic fertilizer and says that it’s different for each crop that you decide to grow. It gives the example of how some plants like lettuce are “light feeders with shallow roots” and only need the fertilizer in the top few inches of the soil. But plants like broccoli, tomatoes and peppers require more nutrients because they are spaced wider apart. For these veggies, place compost and fertilizer mix before you plant the seeds. Finally there are “heavy feeders such as corn” that will require “deep trenches” and the fertilizer will need to be below the seeds.
Speaking of vegetables, it’s important to remember that not every vegetable thrives in every kind of climate and season. Bonnieplants.com recommends planting “hardy and semi-hardy vegetables” in the spring season because they can tolerate frosts and colder temperatures. These vegetables include ones like – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, parsley, spinach, turnip, and more.
It’s important to get your home ready for spring but your garden is also equally important. If your vegetable garden is in the front and dying, it could give neighbors and potential buyers (if you are selling your home) the wrong impression. Even if you are not selling your home during this spring season, you should want your garden and neighborhood to look good to increase home values! This blog should at least help you get started to have a beautiful garden that flourishes!
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