Spring gardening tips

By: Health Local Staff Apr 12, 2013
Spring gardening

Your garden doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg or require you to have received a degree from Martha Stewart University.

It’s getting to be that time of year again, when the wheelbarrow and compost gets drug out into the yard and you begin envisioning the flowery paradise that you want your yard to be. Maybe this year you are yearning for a beautiful spring garden that will envelope your back yard and offer you the peace and tranquility you deserve.

While gardening may seem like a lot of work, redesigning your yard does not have to cost you an arm and a leg or require you to have received a master gardening degree from Martha Stewart University. 

Below are some helpful spring gardening tips that won’t break the bank, but will provide you with some great ideas for revamping your garden space.

Tip 1 – Know when to get started

Depending on where you live your gardening time may be vary. If you live in the northeast, you may need to start your garden later in the spring. The climate is critical to the onset of your garden and determines when you should plant certain vegetables, flowers and shrubs. Your local nursery should be able to provide you with the information you need to know about which plants can be planted and at which times they should be planted in your area.

Tip 2 – Soil matters

Do you know the state of your soil? Most people don’t, which is why it is so important to play it safe when planting certain flowers and vegetables. Natural compost that is rich in nutrients can’t hurt, even in areas with the best possible soil available. Your plants will thrive when they take root in nutrient-rich soil. Soil is extremely important if you wish to grow your garden organically and without the aid of pesticides and other toxic agents.

Tip 3 – Know which flowers to plant

There are several flowers that thrive in the Canadian soil in early to late spring. This means that you should get these flowers planted at the right time to reap the benefit of their beauty later on in spring and summer. From Twinspur to Zinnia, these flowers grow best when planted in colder zones. Most of the recommended plants require full sun, but can be planted in zones that are colder annually. 

Tip 4 – Harvest the Canadian rains

Recycling rainwater is one of the best things a gardener can do for their flowers and vegetables. Your lawn can even benefit from barrels of rainwater used to irrigate the sprouts. Shallow basins can be placed into the ground to harvest rainwater and provide an aesthetically pleasing look to your yard. Using barrels that have a vintage and unique look can also provide rainwater collection while beautifying the land. These barrels do not have to be costly, but can be found at nurseries, pawnshops or even junk stores.

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