Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Garden Preparations

Spring has finally arrived, so I thought I'd share some ideas to help you get your garden in gear.

1. Spring is a great time to find out the Ph of your soil. You can get a Ph testing kit from your local garden center. If you know your Ph, it'll make it easier to know which plants to choose for your soil, or what additives you might need to grow the plants you desire.

2. If you haven't already done so, remove the dead growth of perennials and grasses. I usually do this in the fall, but there are several gardeners who prefer to wait until the spring.

3. Apply a general fertilizer to prepare the soil for the planting you'll be doing.

4. Get rid of any weeds that might be starting to grow. I know where I live, it's been a really mild winter, so I was out there weeding in January!

5. Spring is a good time to mulch. The soil is usually moist, so mulch will help trap that moisture and make it nice for your plants. Be generous with your mulch. I'd say 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep is good.

6. If you didn't divide clumps of perennials in the fall, do it in the spring.

7. Lastly, edge your garden borders. Make sure grass isn't growing into it, and if you're using stone borders, make sure they look neat and tidy.


I'd also like to share some wonderful news with you.  My book, That Mama is a Grouch, is a 2013 Mom's Choice Awards silver recipient!


  1. I zapped my lawn with weed and feed two weeks ago and it got most of them!

  2. The snow needs to melt first. :-)

  3. I have to wait until the snow is gone and it warms up a bit. Last week I tried working in my whiskey barrel planters and the dirt is still froze. Great tips.

    CONGRATS on the book award! I am so happy for you. : )

    1. It's been a crazy start to spring. Thanks for the congratulations. I'm pretty excited about that award!

  4. Great gardening tips, Sherry. Congratulations on your award!