Planting Your Spring Garden: Tips and Tricks
Gardening for beginners has never been simpler, thanks to the help of this handy guide full of planting ideas. You'll learn exactly how to start a garden and ensure that the plants in your yard flourish, all the way through the colder months.
Some people find the prospect of gardening in spring daunting, but it's no more challenging than gardening at any other time of the year!
And gardening for beginners has never been simpler, thanks to the help of this handy guide full of planting ideas. You'll learn exactly how to start a garden and ensure that the plants in your yard flourish, all the way through the colder months.
How Do I Prepare My Garden for Spring?
Depending on the hardiness zone that you live in, you may only need minimal preparations for your garden. If spring is mild where you live, for example, you won't need to change much.
But if you're in a colder area, you may need to invest in gardening tools and supplies to help your plants survive the spring. Frost protection blankets can keep your plants safe and ensure that frost doesn't damage them.
And moving plants closer to southern-facing walls can keep them healthier throughout spring, as concrete walls often absorb heat from the day and release it overnight. While this isn't possible for plants in the ground or raised garden beds, anything in pots and planters will be easy to move.
How Do You Plant a Spring Garden?
Arguably, the most important step of starting a spring garden is picking the area with the most sun. The longer plants spend in the sun, the more likely they are to survive. Prepare the soil for planting, as detailed above, and then decide what you want to grow.
How Do You Prepare Soil for Spring?
Healthy soil is crucial for plant growth and success and something many beginners overlook when starting their spring garden. Cultivating rich soil takes time, so when you're planning on planting in spring, it's best to prepare the soil in early winter. Here is a quick guide on how to prepare your soil for spring planting.
1. Remove Weeds
Be thorough with this as some weeds can regenerate from the smallest amount of root left behind.
2. Simple Digging
Simple digging, as the process is known, involves using your gardening tools to turn over the top layer of your garden's soil and clearing it of debris.
There are many benefits of composting your soil, including retaining nutrients and water in sandy soil more effectively. It can help clay or silt soil loosen up so water, air, and roots can spread through the foundation easier.
4. Begin Planting
Once you've prepared your soil, you're ready to start planting. Remember to harden off your seedlings before planting them outside as this massively increases their resistance to the elements.
Plus, our guide to fertilizing plants covers everything you need to know about maximizing plant growth.
What Can I Plant in Early Spring?
There are a surprising number of plants that will thrive despite being planted in early spring. Most people won't begin tending their garden until March or April, but there are still many planting options earlier in the year. These options will help you brighten your garden as soon as possible.
If you want to plant decorative trees and plants, there are a ton of options you can grow in your yard. One of the most distinctive trees out there - the Weeping Willow - thrives in the early spring. Because it doesn't lose its leaves until autumn, it will look radiant throughout spring and summer.
What are the Best Flowers to Plant in Spring?
There's so much greenery you can plant in spring to revive your garden. We've put together a guide detailing what we think are the very best plants to grow in spring. There's so much variety, you're pretty much spoiled for choice, regardless of the state you live in.