After winter snow and frozen ground melt away it’s time to get started on preparing your garden for planting. Spring Garden Prep can be accomplished over a month or so to prepare for Flower AND vegetable gardening. Here’s a List of tasks to keep you busy until planting time.
Some Garden blog friends and I are pooling our knowledge and experience together.
This week, our garden Themes focus on Preparing the garden for planting. Read on for an intro to our garden. Then it’s onto a quick list for Spring Garden Prep. Finally our many links to articles by our participating Garden Blogs!
Welcome to our garden!
Gardening is a huge part of our lives here at Homemade Food Junkie. Dave and I have Gardened this piece of property off and on for over 30 years. I hope you’ll dig around in our garden and greenhouse articles and see what Dave’s been up to. Also check out why we garden organically! Last year Dave started using the Lunar Calendar to plan all his gardening chores. Even seed sowing and transplanting! If you’re a new gardener; you’ll want to think about garden plot location considerations. We also made a post about our spring garden projects to inspire you! It’s Spring! Let’s get ready for gardening!
We live way up in the Northwestern most corner of our contiguous 50 states. According to the USDA garden Zone Map, This is a convergence zone. We are zone 8a but some winters we go all the way down to a zone 4 if we get the extremely dold, brutal Arctic winds from British Columbia’s Fraiser River Valley.
Our property soil is almost pure clay. We get a lot of rain here. Weeds often grow right through the winter. We never see a dormant weed season unless the Canadian North East Wind wakes up and pays us a call. It’s been sleeping the last couple of years. We gratefully start our garden in early March in years like this. Warm, wet and blustery.
Dave has built four huge raised beds to better grow our produce and import a better quality soil for them. We love those raised beds for many reasons. They are a really great idea in your garden! Try winter hoop gardening with raised beds too!
Dave’s Baby: Our Greenhouse:
Spring Garden Prep:
- Remove winter clutter, weeds, aged winter crops and debris from the garden area.
- Plan out the types of crops you wish to grow. Make sure you have the proper conditions for them (heat, soil and light) in your planting area.
- Prune your bushes and trees while they are dormant.
- Now is the time to build your raised beds, if desired. Make sure you orient them correctly for best sun exposure:
- Amend your garden soil according to the needs of your crops.
- Germinate and plant your seed in MARKED rows, evenly spaced.
- Place cold frames over your beds as needed to protect the seeds and seedlings
Here’s a Summary for you!
Our garden has its up and downs but we love it! Hunt around on this blog and look at the garden and greenhouse posts for ideas and information we have gleaned over the years. I’m sure we can help each other! Leave comments for me on your own experiences in the garden. We’d love to get to know you!
Join me in Exploring these Excellent Blogger’s Garden Adventures: Click the blog links at the bottom of each picture! Go see what other gardeners from all over the country are doing to prepare their gardens for the growing season!