When the weather starts to turn warmer, my thoughts always start to turn to the garden, but in early spring there’s not a lot of planting that you can do because the ground is still too cold. Be that as it may, there are a few things you can do to prepare for the warmer weather. Here are some early spring gardening tips that will help you get in the mood for gardening:
Tidy Up Your Garden Beds
Those first warm days when you’re dying to get outside is a perfect opportunity to inspect your garden areas and make sure everything is in good shape. You can remove all the leaves and debris that have accumulated over the winter and do some of the edging to remove grass that has crept into your flower beds.
Early spring is also a great time to take a look at your garden tools and decide which tools need to be replaced, repaired or sharpened. You might also want to peruse the gardening store and catalogs in case you have a new tool in your budget.
Clean Out Your Garden Workbench
Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a greenhouse for a special room for their gardening stuff but I’m sure you probably have a little area where you keep all your fertilizers, soil and pots for your garden. Early spring is a good time to get in there and clean that area out so it is all set and ready to go come spring. You might also want to take stock of your fertilizers etc… and stock up on stuff that you are running out of.
Plan For New Plantings
If you are changing around your garden and want to either remove plants or add new ones, early spring can be a great time to try to work out new garden design. There are actually quite a few good garden design tools online that you might want to try or you can simply do it the old-fashioned way with a piece of paper and a pencil. I always find that looking through gardening catalogs to get an idea of the different types of plants gives me inspiration for new garden designs.
Test Your Soil
Over the prior season, your soil has probably been depleted of nutrients due to last years plants, so now could be a good time to pick up a garden soil tester so you can test the soil to see what the composition is. You can go to your home and garden center and get the appropriate nutrients to amend your soil so that it is perfectly balanced for the plants you will be planting this gardening season.
Depending on what you’re growing and depending on what time of year it is, early spring could be the time to start your seeds if you do, in fact, grow from seed. Seeds are actually pretty easy to grow and I’m sure your local gardening center has a nice seed starter kit. I highly recommend that you try growing from seed at least once so you can have the satisfaction of growing your own plant from a tiny little seed.
I hope these early spring gardening tips have given you some ideas of what you can do to get involved in your garden even if it is a bit too early to actually get out there and start digging.