Now that spring is here, it is time to get outside and enjoy the season. Spring means longer days, more sunshine, warmer temperatures and a great opportunity to get out and get that garden ready. A backyard garden is a great way to spend time outside with the added bonus of getting to eat what you grow.
Another great reason to garden is to make your new house feel like home. With more and more emphasis on organic and healthy eating, a garden is a great way to be a part of this new trend. We here at Fleetwood Real Estate would like to offer the following tips to a happy and healthy garden.
Clean Out the Old
Get out there and clean out any old plants or debris that may have accumulated over the winter months. This is a great opportunity to do some weeding and get back into a gardening routine. While you are removing old debris, it is time to put new organics such as compost or manure back into your soil.
Plan and Order
Unfortunately, the early spring months won’t all be sunshine. On your first wet and windy day of the season, take the time to plan what you want to grow in your garden with a bit of research and either order the seed you will be needing or go to a gardening store to purchase the seed.
This will also be the time to see what each seed needs in terms of growing time. Begin to nurture seeds indoors that will need a longer time to mature. That way, when the sun is shining again, there will be no wasted time and you can get out there and plant.
Inspect Garden Tools
Getting outside and getting into your garden also presents an opportunity to inspect all of your garden tools. Chances are they have spent the winter in your basement or shed and may need to be cleaned, fixed or even sharpened. You would not believe the improved performance of a sharpened spade over a dull one. This quick and often overlooked task can save you time and money in the long run, so it is well worth the time.
If you do not have a compost area, it is worth the effort to create one. A compost area gives you a place to put all of your dead plants and debris. Over time, this waste will break down, leaving you with a rich nutrient-filled soil which you can mix back into your garden soil. It is a win-win situation and will greatly enhance the health of your garden. Remember to turn over the compost monthly with a garden fork to keep it aerated and to help the compost break down faster.
Gardening is a great therapeutic way of enjoying the outdoors and getting back in touch with nature in your own Fleetwood home. It can be a great family activity or something done on a more solitary level. Regardless of how you want to enjoy your time in the garden, we hope these tips will help you enjoy a healthier more abundant garden.