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    5 Things You Can Do In Early Spring To Prepare Your Garden For Summer

    by Administrator 26. March 2018 14:39


    Spring has finally sprung here in Cincinnati! While the weather may not feel very Spring-like yet you can rest assured that warmer temperatures are on the horizon. It’s our favorite time of the year in fact! Garden season! A common misconception about Winter time and early Spring is that there isn’t much that you can do to prepare your garden for the Summer months. Not so! There are quite a number of things that you can be doing to get a head start this Spring. Here are five things that you can start doing right now to prepare you garden for Summer.


    1. Pull out and prepare your garden tools


    Now is the perfect time to get your tools in order. Find everything that you are going to need for the Summer and get them ready for when the time comes.


    • Terra cotta pots: These have probably been sitting for quite some time, and maybe even with soil still in them. Find a large container and soak these in a vinegar and water solution for about 30 minutes. This will help loosen any residue that may be lining the inside of the pot. Then you can wash them with soap and water to get any remaining grime.


    • Shovels and hoes: Inspect these thoroughly for rust. You can clean metal portions of the tools using linseed oil and a wire brush. If any wood handles have cracks or are splintered use sandpaper to smooth out and then finish with linseed oil to prevent further deterioration. 


    • Pruners and Shears: Use castile soap (soap made with olive oil and sodium hydroxide) and water with a where brush to clean the metal portion of the shears. It is now also a great time to sharpen these tools. Sharpening will help prevent crushing plants stems which can cause disease. 


    2. Create a composting area


    Composts are great for many reasons. For one, composts provide you with fertilizer that is much more economically feasible than having to buy it from the store. Simply throw you food scraps into the compost, let nature do its thing and when you need it it’ll be ready for you. Composted items provide extremely nutrient rich and organic fertilizer when used in your garden. Another benefit of compost fertilizer is that soil requires much less water to feed the plants than it would with soil that doesn’t have composted fertilizer. Another bill saver. If you don’t have a compost area yet watch this short video on how to get started, "How To Build A Compost Pile".

    3. Clear up garden beds


    Now that your compost is all set up you can start clearing out the old gunk from last year. Hunt down those early weeds that may be popping up. Be sure to go down as far as the root goes to insure that these weeds won’t crop back up later on in the season. You can also start to clear out dead plant matter from the previous year. Some plants leave more remnants than others. As you are clearing out this debris make sure you are tossing everything into your compost that you just made so you can use it as fertilizer later on in the year.


    4. Start eliminating garden pests


    If you’ve ever done any amount of gardening in your lifetime then you know that pests are one of the biggest concerns of any healthy garden. It’s never too early to take some action against these pesky critters. You must remember however that not all pests are bad for your garden. If you are interested in seeing which pests are good and which are bad, as well as some great organic and inorganic remedies you can read about that here.


    5. Start prepping your soil


    Prepping your soil is a great way to stay ahead of the game. You want to get that soil as prepared as possible for when the time comes to start planting. If you already had a compost going during the winter you can start to toss in some of that during the Spring temperatures. Or you can also use your synthetic fertilizers as well as grass clippings. Another thing that you can do is to lay a layer of mulch over your beds. Mulch can be made with a variety of organic products that can help inject even more nutrients into the soil below it.


    Bonus Tip: Start planting indoors first


    Some types of vegetables can actually be started planting indoors first before moving them outdoors. This requires some planning and predictions. It is recommended to start the plants indoors about two weeks before the predicted last frost. Things like broccoli, some lettuces, onions, and tomatoes can all be started indoors before moving them outside.


    Get your garden even more prepared for Summer


    While these are just a few things that you can start now to prepare yourself for the Summer they certainly aren’t the only things that can help you get a jump start on your garden. Our website has countless resources for any situation or question you may have. Of course, our staff is very experienced and educated in any type of gardening related issue that you may be having and are always ready at any of our locations to help out. Drop us a line or visit us for any questions you may have! Happy gardening!