Thursday, February 18, 2021 / by Sushma Khinvasara
Spring is just around the corner! It's the perfect season to grow your home garden and you can start it in the early stages of spring. You can choose to plant vegetables, fruits, herbs, or flowers in your spring garden when the weather starts to warm up.
Check the Soil ConditionBefore anything else, you need to check if the soil is in good condition for you to start growing your plants. Pay attention to the following areas:
1. Make sure the soil temperature is ready for planting. If it's too cool or too warm, the soil won't be ideal for the proper germination of your seeds. Try to use a soil thermometer to check the soil temperature at least four to five days before planting.
2. Prepare the soil by making sure it's dry ahead of planting. You might need to draw back some of the mulch for this to happen. After planting your seeds, place mulch back loosely around the seedlings to conserve heat.
What are some of the best plants for your garden?
- Cucumbers need a lot of sunlight and fertile soil for them to thrive. Plant the seeds in rows that are six feet apart from each other.
- Lettuce has many varieties and can tolerate the cool, wet weather of early spring. After just 45 to 55 days, it will be ready for harvest.
- Carrots grow best in loose soil. Plant the seeds three inches apart and don't use manure for fertilizer.
- Broccoli can be ready for harvest in 100 to 150 days. You can start fertilizing three weeks after planting. Plant the seeds just half an inch underground.
- Potatoes can be planted right at the start of spring in loose and slightly acidic soil. To start, you can cut up a potato and then plant the chunks four inches deep, eye side up. Keep them covered as sunlight makes the potatoes green and bitter tasting.
As the weather slowly warms up, it would be nice to spend these warm days growing your own plants. There is an advantage to planting in the early spring since at this time there are fewer insects and diseases for plants. It would give your plants a good start. I hope these ideas would lead to you having a bountiful spring ahead!
Share some of your gardening tips and trick! I would love to hear them from you.