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Spring Garden  Preparation: The Complete Guide

After a long winter, spring is finally here – time to start prepping your garden for a productive growing season. Proper planning and preparation will ensure your garden thrives all season long. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know to get your spring garden off to a great start.  Here are some spring garden tips:

Clean Up Garden Beds

Remove any dead plants, leaves, weeds or other debris. This prevents diseases and pests from overwintering in the garden. Carefully loosen compacted soil with a spading fork and remove any rocks or weeds as you work.

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Test and Amend Soil

Use a soil testing kit to determine your soil’s pH and nutrient levels. This helps identify any deficiencies to address. Work in 2-4 inches of compost or other organic material like well-rotted manure to improve drainage and nourish plants.

Shop for seeds and seedlings

Make a list of desired plants and vegetables and shop early for the best selection. Look for varieties suitable for your zone. Good options for spring include lettuce, radishes, peas, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower.

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Prepare Planting Beds

Define planting beds and sow seeds or transplant seedlings according to packet directions. Space plants appropriately and use trellises or cages for vining crops. Cover beds with plastic sheets or floating row covers to retain warmth.

Water & Fertilise

Water new plants daily until established; then 1-2 inches per week. Use organic fertilizers like fish emulsion and compost tea to feed plants. Avoid over-fertilizing, which can damage plants.

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Control Weeds & Pests

Mulch beds to prevent weeds. Handpick insects and use organic sprays like neem oil for infestations. Remove diseased plants immediately to prevent spreading. Monitor for problems weekly.

Practice Companion Planting

Strategically plant compatible vegetables together to improve growth. For example, plant carrots near tomatoes to repel insect pests.

Add Spring Flowers

Embellish your garden with cheery spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and alliums. Prepare new flower beds by mixing in compost.

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Follow these spring garden tips and you’ll be rewarded with a thriving, lush landscape all season long. Let your creativity bloom!

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Conclusion

Preparing your garden for spring requires some planning and preparation, but the results are well worth the effort. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful and productive garden that will provide you with fresh produce and a colourful landscape throughout the season.

Garden Centres

When you are planning what to do in your garden, it’s important to be prepared. You may need tools, new seeds or bulbs, or you may want to refresh your garden with some new garden furniture or a fresh layout. In this case, you will probably need to visit a local garden centre. Here are some recommended garden centres in the Littleborough area:

Gordon Riggs – Established in 1945 is one of the largest Garden Centres in the North West, enjoying over 60,000 square feet of retail space and was voted the best Garden Centre in the North, the 2nd best in the UK by Which? Magazine! 

Rochdale: Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Moss Bridge Road, Kingsway (A664), Rochdale OL16 4UX. Tel: 01706 356089.

Todmorden: Gordon Rigg Garden Centre, Rochdale Road (A6033), Walsden, Todmorden, OL14 7TJ. Tel: 01706 813374. 

Newbank Garden Centres – There are several Newbank Garden centres. You will find them at Royton, Dobcross, Halifax, Newton-le-Willows and Radcliffe.

Royton: Turf Lane, Royton, Oldham OL2 6JH, Tel: 01706 844 150

Dobcross: Dobcross Centre, Dobcross New Rd, Saddleworth, Oldham, OL3 5NP, Tel:01457 876571

FAQs

  1. When is the best time to start preparing my garden for spring?

    • The best time to start preparing your garden for spring is in late winter or early spring.
  2. Can I plant vegetables in early spring?

    • Yes, you can plant vegetables such as peas, lettuce, spinach, and radishes in early spring.
  3. How often should I water my plants?

    • You should water your plants deeply and regularly, especially during the dry season. Avoid overwatering as it can lead to root rot.
  4. What are some natural remedies for controlling pests and diseases?

    • Some natural remedies for controlling pests and diseases include neem oil, garlic spray, and insecticidal soap.
  5. Can I compost vegetable scraps?

    • Yes, you can compost vegetable scraps along with other organic matter to create nutrient-rich soil for your plants.

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