Spring has finally arrived, and it’s time to prepare your garden for spring planting. It may seem like hard work, but proper preparation can help your plants thrive this season.

 

Acquire summer-flowering plants

Before you pick up any plant you can get your hands on, make sure that plant is in season. In the spring, you want to focus on summer-flowering bulbs and seeds, such as lilies, gladiolus and ranunculus.You should look for plants that will flourish in your location’s climate. Gardeners in tropical areas will have gardens that look slightly different from those farther north.

Many people with gardens use what they plant to feed themselves and their families. See what fruits and vegetables are feasible for your garden. This could be anything from cucumbers to tomatoes to strawberries to herbs. Planting your own produce can save you time and money at the grocery store.

 

Prepare your gardening space

Spring clean-up is when you might find hibernating pests like slugs, snails and aphid colonies in your garden that found shelter for the winter. Along with ridding your garden of these pests, you should also remove leaves and other debris from your gardening area. If you have a greenhouse, you should scrub it clean and disinfect it, including the inside of the glass. This will keep your plants safe from diseases. Ventilate the greenhouse well after cleaning.

Loosening the soil can prevent it from being compacted over time, which will help your plants grow. You should also remove any rocks or roots you find. Finally, if you can work with the soil, you can work a 5 centimeter layer of compost or other organic matter into the soil to make increase its fertility.

You shouldn’t neglect your gardening tools either. Soap and water should clean your tools well, and you can use mineral spirits on wooden handles to avoid splinters. If your gardening gloves are in rough shape, you can either clean them or purchase new ones before your gardening season begins.

 

Plan your garden

When planning the layout of your garden, remember that plants will absorb more sunshine and water if they’re planted in a staggered zigzag pattern, not a straight line. You should also keep in mind that grouping plants together by sun, water and fertilizer needs can help the plants thrive. If you have enough space, you can also take advantage of companion planting. For example, planting garlic near roses or radishes by spinach can help with pest control.

 

With a little planning, preparation and elbow grease, your garden can thrive this planting season.