Gardening as a Hobby
Gardening is a year-round hobby, which requires specific tasks at certain
times of the year - often planning for several months ahead. In order to be
ready to plant in your garden during next spring, you need to start preparing
the soil sometime in the fall.
To prepare your garden for planting next spring, one of the most important
things is to spread and till compost or peat moss over your garden, especially
if it is a new garden. Adding fertilizers and nutrients several months ahead of
the actual planting will help to ensure healthier plants.
Apart from preparing the soil, the winter months can also be used for
removing of leaves and other debris and disposing of any dead plants. Some
gardening experts recommend creating a calendar of planting dates so when spring
is here you will know when to plant each variety.
Once spring arrives, your planting timetable will depend on where you live,
your soil type and your local climate. Even though spring officially begins
around March 20 th , you may have several more weeks of winter weather. Plants
and vegetables that thrive in warm weather should not be planted until after the
date that you can realistically expect no further frost. After that date, you
can also safely remove any protective winter covers from plants.
Many varieties of annual flower seeds and vegetable seeds should be planted
in March or April for best results. Try to sow seeds on a warm dry day as the
soil may still be damp during this time of the year, thus causing the seeds to
One tip for spring planting is to plant different varieties of crops and
flowers in different parts of the garden than they were previously planted. Crop
rotation helps to improve the health of the soil as well as preventing soil
disease from spreading.
And before you even start planting, early spring is also a good time of year
to perform basic outdoor maintenance tasks such as repairing fences or
trellises, sharpening and cleaning tools. Spring is also the time to cut back
unruly growth on most shrubs, before leaves begin to grow again.
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Written by Joe Castro for GardenJunkie.com.
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