Spring Soil-Prep Steps for Busy People



Adding Nutrients to Soil

Spring Soil-Prep for Busy People

From the beginning of November to the end of January, our schedules take on the hefty holiday burden. Dinners, celebrations, shopping, new resolutions, travel, family, and friends fill up the remaining vacancies on our schedules, and next thing we know…it’s February! With the cold weather, gardeners who aren’t raising a winter garden often put their gardens ‘to rest’ during these busy times. Gardeners who want to start fresh in the spring, prep their gardens for winter by hanging up their garden irrigation system and sheltering the soil from harsh conditions with a thick insulator. Although it may hurt to see such a dreary patch where our illustrious gardens usually sit, we can rest easy knowing it will be there, ready for the springtime planting.

Generally speaking, people are very busy and we don’t want to add another item to your list. Understandably, many of us want to return to normalcy after the crazy holidays, and that may mean the garden is never returned to former glories. Luckily, preparing a garden for springtime planting doesn’t take much effort at all! All it takes is a few simple steps, and rich, black soil will be ready for new life.

When Should I Think About Soil Prep?

You want to begin preparing your garden after the last frost date within your Hardiness Zone. This isn’t an exact science, but you can use an online resource like the Farmers’ Almanac to see the previous years last frost to give yourself a date to work with.

What Should I Do First?

Maintenance and repairs. Before you get your hands dirty mixing up the soil and adding nutrients, the garden needs to be cared for. Maintenance includes cleaning your gardening tools, mending supports if needed, testing the irrigation system, and judging the integrity of your raised bed boards. Similar to car maintenance, fix small issues before they evolve into major problems. Cleaned tools, prepped supports, and a strong structure make for a reliable and bountiful garden for the year to come. Of course, starting with quality garden beds and tools mitigate much of this concern and time commitment for the years to come.

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