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Spring is time to begin gardening

March 4, 2011
By KAY SEDGMER, The Scene

DO YOU have the itch ... the itch to get our in the yard and start your spring garden chores?

Most garden fanatics spend the entire winter planning for the next upcoming garden season and now is the best time to get down and dirty to begin the ground preparation and start plants indoors so you can be ready for the growing season.

Here are some ideal tips to ready yourself and your garden for the fast approaching growing season:

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- Shop and buy your seeds now. The sooner you order, the sooner you can start your plants and have a step up on the competition!

- If you are planning new beds, lay them out now. Use old newspaper five or six sheets thick, top with several inches of compost. This important step will smother all existing vegetation. When you are ready to plant your seedlings outside, just work the paper into the soil.

- Assess your soil. Purchase a soil test kit or have it tested. Most county extension offices will test your soil. Healthy soil is going to produce plants that are productive.

- Check your shrubs and woody plants. Plan for pruning. Remember, early spring bloomers should not be pruned until after flowering is complete but fruit trees need to be pruned before they begin to blossom.

- If you have perennials that need to be moved, now is the time to complete that task. If you have more than you can use, don't forget to share with your friends!

- Clean and sharpen all your gardening tools. It is also a great time to have your lawn mower serviced. Take advantage of the warmer temperatures and clean out our tool shed. You should also clean and sterilize any pots, planters or other gardening items with a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water. Rinse thoroughly and dry before returning to their storage spot.

- Get supports ready for any plants that may need such treatment such as tomatoes, peonies, morning glories, beans, peas, etc. Not only is the best for their production but also prevents breakage, bugs and slugs and also save space.

- Only work soil when it is not soggy or sticky. To test, take a handful of soil and make a ball. It should eaxilly fall aprt when you open your hand.

Once you have completed all these tasks, just wait until after the last frost of the season to put your plants in the ground.

Happy gardening!

Sedgmer may be reached at ksedgmer@timesleaderonline.com

 
 

 

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