We are already at the end of April and here in Georgia, spring is well on it’s way. Of course, depending on where you live, you may just now be getting out into the garden to start your spring garden chores. The work you do BEFORE summer gets here, could ensure your garden’s success this season. Planning ahead, being patient, and keeping a watchful eye out will help ensure that you have a wonderful harvest come July! Here are just a few of the spring garden chores that you should tackle to ensure that you have plenty of produce to harvest this summer. Check out my garden markers craft to keep track of all the plants you are putting in!
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5 Spring Garden Chores to Give Your Garden a Boost
Clear out debris:
Tackle those old plants you never got around to pulling out. Remove pine cones and sticks that may have fallen during the winter. Read my post on creative ways to use pine cones if you have a lot of them. Make sure no stray rocks have turned up the will get in the way during planting. You can get a long handled steel tiller to make the job easier.
Fix broken garden beds.
Whether you are replacing rotten wood or rebuilding rock walls, things have a tendency to shift during the winter. Make sure you get a strong foundation for your garden bed before adding new soil. Check out the premade raised garden beds if you are starting from scratch.
Till and amend the soil.
You don’t have to till the soil deeply…there is actually some debate as to whether that is actually beneficial to soil health. Just turn it over a little bit as you add new compost or manure to your garden. Preparing the garden soil is probably one of the most important spring garden chores since it will have a direct impact on the health of your plants. Invest in your own backyard compost bin to save money on compost.
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Inspect your garden tools.
Make sure your tools aren’t rusty, your hose doesn’t have holes and your basket handles are firmly attached to your basket. Having your produce fall all over the ground because the basket breaks is not fun. Check out my list of essential gardening supplies and make sure you have everything on hand.
Plant seeds and seedlings once threat of frost is over.
Once you have your spring garden chores finished, you can go ahead and plant your seeds. Make sure you read the package directions for exact timing, placement, and growing needs since all plants are different. Check out my seed starting tips for a few ideas on how to get started.
Planting a garden makes dinner time simpler because it is a ready source of fresh food, right in your own back yard. Head out and grab a tomato, cucumber, onion, and fresh parsley from your back yard and toss it with some cooked rice and Italian dressing for a simple and easy Rice and Garden Salad. Throw in some cubes of cooked chicken for the ‘meat lovers’ in your house or just add some Feta cheese and pine nuts. It is a wonderfully healthy meal with a very small carbon footprint if you grab those veggies from your backyard garden!
Have you started on your spring garden chores yet?
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.