This spring, like every other spring, you want your home garden to look the best it ever has. There is a certain skill behind creating and caring for the perfect spring garden that requires patience, love, and attention to detail. This year, all your hard work is going to pay off.
Whether you are new to gardening or have been doing it for years, we have a list of 7 simple tips for a great spring garden:
1) Prepare your soil:
Do this as early as possible. T ill your garden area around 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface and remove any rocks or debris; then, add organic matter and fertilizer. Don’t till when the soil is too wet, your plants won’t grow as big.
2) Weed your yard:
Weeds run wild after the winter, so make sure you pull them all up before planting. It is the boring and tedious work of caring for a garden, but it must be done. Start early, and do a little at a time so you won’t tire yourself out.
3) Use coffee grounds as fertilizer:
Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save a little money and be a bit more ‘green’ in the process. The grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that aids in vegetable and plant growth. Simply add them to your compost pile or directly into the soil itself.
4) Use cooking water on your plants:
Watering your plants using left over cooking water is another great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled some pasta, vegetables, or potatoes. Just be sure to let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.
5) Use chamomile tea to ward off plant infections:
If you water your plants with chamomile tea , it helps ward off bacterial and fungal infections that come with springtime. Spraying your plants with a chamomile tea mix a few times a week will help stop your seedling from damping off.
6) Plant egg shells along with your vegetables:
Throwing some eggshells in the same hole that you will be planting your vegetables in help your plants avoid “blossom end rot” which is often cause by a calcium deficiency. Just be sure to grind up the egg shells as much as possible.
7) Garden at night:
Planting at night will help your garden grow faster and stronger than by planting during the day. Planting at night also maximized your water usage. Just be sure that you have the proper lighting to see what you are doing.