When the spring birds start chirping, the snow begins to melt, and you can finally see the dark brown soil peeking through the little bit of snow that is left outside, it’s time to start preparing your garden inside. The time that is spent in the spring to prepare your vegetable or flower garden will help them to flourish. With a good potting soil and garden materials, you can start planning on what you want to do with your garden. Shop our garden supply store to get everything you need.
Cleaning up last year’s plants is the first step to healthy flowers and delicious fruits and vegetables. Clean up and remove any weeds that may already be growing, but don’t compost them because they will grow back. Dispose of any plants that show disease.
Composting and Fertilizer
Creating a compost pile is a great way to achieve nutrient rich soil that your flowers and vegetables will love. Keep all of the dead leaves and organic matter from around the yard for your indoor garden. This organic matter is the life source for microorganisms that decompose the materials. Over time this will make a great addition to your soil. Consider adding natural fertilizer such as bone meal into the soil as well.
Flowers depend on the best, most nutrient potting soil to grow strong.
What Flowers to Start
You can begin as early as January or February for seeds that require a longer growing season. These include geraniums and begonias. The rainy weather is also great to start bulbs as well. Lilies, gladiolus, and ranunculus can be planted in the spring. However, don’t start too early when the soil still has a lot of water in it, or else the bulbs will rot. Other flowers that flourish in the spring are:
- Yellow Trillium
- Grape Hyacinth
Growing a successful vegetable garden has a lot to do with spacing and the organization of the garden. Be sure to follow a rotating schedule when planning on where to plant which fruit or vegetables. Starting vegetables from seed in a high quality seed starting mix will help them grow strong and save you money. There are special seed starting potting soils that are especially helpful.
What Fruits and Vegetables to Plant
Much of the produce can be started from seed, and will save you money as well. Many plants can be planted in trays so they can be easily moved from smaller trays into larger ones as they continue to grow. Hardy, green vegetables are great spring vegetables because they can hold up to the still cooler temperatures.
- Always plant the tip of a bulb facing upwards.
- To keep tomato, bean, pea, squash, or melon plants sturdy, use a trellis.
- Shop our garden supply store for all of your garden materials.