Is it to early to start thinking about spring gardening?
ANSWER = NO
With spring fast approaching,(march 20th) some are starting to think about gardening. Thats great because in some cases there is things you can do to get ready.
1.Check your soil
Don’t be to gungho ,make sure the soil is not to wet.a good rule of thumb is to grab a handful of soil and squeeze it into a ball, if it crumbles apart in your hand its ready to go. If not you have some time to wait. And of course always continue to add to your soil , any time is a good time to add compost. Test your soils PH, this will help to tell you what your soil may or may not be lacking. You can get the kits at your local greenhouse or garden center.
2.Clean up your garden beds
After the soil is dry enough, any leftover fruit or veggies you may have missed last fall should be removed. Any of the ornamental grasses that were left for the winter can be cut back. Pull mulches back from around the bases of perennials and roses.
3.It’s also a good time to prune
March is a good time to prune your fruit trees, or any of your flowering trees you may have ,cut off branches that were broken over winter , also cut branches that are rubbing on one another.
4.Do you like to start your own plants?
March is also a good month for starting your seeds indoors, as we have written in the past, if you don’t have a nice sunny spot for starting your plants you can use lights. Remember that seeds always seem to germinate better with a heating pad under the flat or pots that you are using.