Tips on how and when to start preparing and planning for your spring gardens.
Spring is among us, although it never felt too far out of reach this winter. With the sun shining brighter, the days lasting longer and the thought of flip flops and bathing suits beginning to blossom along with the buds on the trees, it is time to start preparing and planning your Spring gardens.
CBS Boston notes that the average last measurable snow in Boston is March 29, while the average last frost is April 11. With such a mild winter, both may be sooner. After the last frost is typically the best time to begin planting your seeds and transplants into your garden, so now is the time to begin preparation!
If you plan on starting your seeds indoors this spring, it is best to start immediately, to get a good solid start on their growth. If you plan on transplanting after the last frost, you may want to consider preparing your gardens in the following ways:
- Rake lawn and remove any leaves that may have been left over from Fall.
- Remove any dead grass or weeds from your garden area.
- Test your soil and pH levels to find any deficiencies. For instance, you may consider adding gypsum to soil lacking calcium. Many local garden centers can recommend what is best when soil is lacking.
- Consider adding compost into your soil, either a pre-made pile or store-bought.
The Home Depot located in Mansfield is a great place to visit for advice and to buy gardening tools, seeds and transplants. Also, located in Wrentham is Northland Farm and Garden Center, where you can get expert advice on how to start a successful spring garden.
The joys of gardening are endless. There is no greater treat than serving a salad with vegetables you have grown yourself or than creating a centerpiece with beautiful flowers that have bloomed from your garden. The time is now, Happy Spring!