With our recent “tropical heat wave” in the Highlands hitting 12 degrees this morning and perking up to a balmy 17 degrees, it feels like Spring is just around the corner.
It's a time of renewal and growth to ensure a bountiful and beautiful spring garden, preparation is key.
Here’s 3 great ways to prepare for Spring;
1. Plan Ahead and Choose the Right Plants: Before diving into planting, take some time to plan your spring garden. Consider the layout, available space, and the specific requirements of different plants. Assess the sunlight exposure in various areas of your garden and choose plants that thrive in those conditions.
Creating a planting calendar can help you stay organized and ensure a continuous bloom throughout the season. Group plants with similar watering and care needs together for easier maintenance. Incorporate a mix of flowering plants, vegetables, and herbs to add both aesthetic appeal and functionality to your garden.
2. Prepare the Soil: Healthy soil is the foundation of a thriving garden. As winter may have taken a toll on your garden's soil, it's essential to revitalize it before spring planting. Start by removing any debris, weeds, or dead plants that may have accumulated over the winter. This clears the way for new growth and minimises the risk of pests and diseases.
Next, enrich the soil with organic matter, such as compost, well-rotted manure, or peat moss. These natural additives improve soil structure, water retention, and nutrient content, creating an ideal environment for plant roots to grow and flourish.
3. Check and Maintain Garden Tools and Equipment: Before you get busy with spring gardening, inspect and clean your garden tools and equipment. Dull blades and rusted tools can make gardening tasks more challenging and less efficient. Sharpen pruners, shears, and shovels, and lubricate any moving parts to ensure they function smoothly.
With conditions forecast to be hot and dry this summer, make sure your irrigation system is in good working condition and adjust it to meet the watering needs of your spring plants. Consider investing in a rainwater harvesting system to collect and store rainwater, reducing your reliance on municipal water sources.
By planning ahead, choosing the right plants, preparing the soil and maintaining your tools, you'll be well on your way to creating a vibrant and flourishing garden that you can enjoy throughout the spring and beyond. Happy gardening!