Planning ahead is always a smart idea and it’s especially true when preparing for your spring garden. Even though there may be some snow on the ground right now, winter is the best time to begin planning. Here are some great tips on getting your spring garden ready today!
Where Do I Start?
The first step in starting a garden is to figure out its location. You want to use the area that gets the most sunlight, keeping in mind that any trees nearby will likely block the sun when their leaves grow back in the springtime. It’s also good to pick out an area that has easy access to storage for tools, water, and a compost pile.
It’s a good idea to landscape your garden area into three or four distinct plots. This is so that you can properly organize your garden by the type of plants you are growing. Crops with similar care needs can be grouped together to make tending a lot easier.
Arrange Quality Soil
The key to a successful garden is to have the best quality soil possible. In order to ensure of this, cultivating the soil is essential. This opens up the soil, allowing air and water to reach the roots of your plants. You should take this step during the winter to properly prepare your soil for the upcoming spring season. Once you’ve cultivated your soil anywhere from 6-12 inches, add things like leaves, compost, or manure to help your soil thrive even more. When the spring comes around and the soil dries, finish your soil prep by breaking it down into a crumble, adding fertilizer, and then raking it through once more.
Start a Compost Pile
A good way to save some money, in the long run, is to start your own compost pile so that you do not have to worry about buying it. Starting in the winter will give you plenty of time to accumulate enough to ensure the success of your garden in the springtime. You can use most of your kitchen waste in your compost pile. Things like eggshells, old fruit, newspaper, and coffee grounds can be composted. Compost takes anywhere from three to six months to mature and you will know when it looks like crumpled, brown dirt, and has an earthy smell.
The Cutting Edge Landscaping Company
Cutting Edge Landscaping is here to help with all of your garden needs and more! We are a full-service landscape contracting firm providing quality service throughout Anne Arundel County, Maryland. If you’re ready to get your spring landscaping projects started, contact us today!
While we do work on gardens, we also do patios, walkways, creative stonework, as well as landscape and lawn maintenance for both residential and commercial properties. Visit our website, give us a call at (410)-956-6540, and follow us on Facebook for more information!