Winter may be dragging on, but believe it or not, spring is right around the corner. Now is the perfect time to start planning for your upcoming garden. March is a great month to get your ideas to paper and to plant the seeds of your gardening plans.
Without touching your garden, here are five ways to prepare for your planting season before spring comes:
#1: Plan for Seasonal Blooms
A successful garden features beautiful blooms from the beginning of spring to the first frost. Because plants bloom at different times of the year, the first thing you should consider is how you will stagger your plantings so that you can expect blooms at all times. Choose your favourite plants and organize them by blooming times first, and then by soil requirements, colour, size, and shape. Some spring blooms pop up quickly and offer a variety of colours and designs, such as creeping phlox, daffodils, snowdrops, and Lenten rose. To get the most out of your growing season, consider companion planting. This promotes healthy and happy blooms and naturally fends off pests.
Making a realistic budget is exactly what you need to check in with reality. Oftentimes, our dreams get out of hand, so making proper budget (and sticking to it) is an ideal way not to overspend. Decide what part of your garden could use the most money. There are so many ways to spend money on a new garden, that it’s a matter of need and preference; for instance, will you spend a little more on exotic annuals, or will you finally start building your dream living wall? Depending on how much you want to spend, you may consider hiring a gardening expert who can help you spend your gardening budget wisely and help you stretch out those dollars.
#3: Start Your Seedlings
The best part of winter is that you can start your seeds inside. By planting your flowers, fruits, and veggies from the very beginning, you have more control over the soil, light, and water conditions. Plant starter kits are available in hardware and hobby stores; however, there are many DIY ways to start your own seeds. Newspaper, egg cartons, and even empty toilet paper rolls can all be used to help seedlings get their first start in life.
#4: Revive Your Compost Pile
Compost is the very stuff of life. Plants thrive off well-made compost. It’s an easy and absolutely free way to reduce your kitchen waste and give your plants the nutrients they need. But if you’ve foregone composting this winter (and we don’t blame you), it’s time to start bringing it back to life:
- Break everything up with a shovel or rake. Get in there and start mixing. You want to do this every few days or so. Start this process in late winter/early spring when the pile isn’t frozen solid.
- Make sure it doesn’t get too dry or too wet. A cover over the pile will help bring in or fend off precipitation.
- Unleash a handful of earthworms, red worms, and white worms into the pile. They’ll start producing healthy vermicast.
- Start adding kitchen scraps to the pile. This includes uneaten parts of fruits, veggies, egg shells, and other organic matter. Do not add animal by-products such as bones or meat scraps.
#5: Scrub Your Greenhouse, Pots, and Tools
Bacteria and nasty pests can live in our greenhouses, shovels, and old pots. If you don’t thoroughly clean and disinfect your tools, you might encounter heartache early on in the growing season when your new plants start to show signs of disease. Clean your greenhouse and all your gardening tools and disinfect all surfaces.
Turn your backyard into a beautiful oasis that radiates peace and tranquility while giving you the perfect space to entertain your guests. Need help with your gardening plans this year? Contact Canada’s Gardenland today to speak to one of our landscaping specialists.