It was a long, grey winter. At times, it seemed as though Spring would never arrive. But here we are - the sun is shining, the weather is sweet - it’s time to get outside to do some gardening. While I love designing and installing flooring at my day job, gardening has always been a hobby. Here are some tips that could help you and your garden this Spring!
Some of what’s needed for a pleasant Spring gardening experience needs to be taken care of before winter arrives – in the fall. Autumn is the perfect time of year to prune back unruly hedges, clean up any debris that accumulated over the previous Spring and Summer, and prepare the yard for this Spring.
It gets early late around here
Bulbs are another part of Spring gardening that need to be taken care of the season before. If you didn’t remember to plant any bulbs in the Fall, don’t worry – you can plant them now and you’ll enjoy their visual bounty next Spring.
What are some foolproof ways to get started on a great garden that you’ll be able to enjoy? It all starts with planning. Map out a rough drawing of your property. Divide areas into plant groupings that are compatible with one another.
Vegetables are delicious, and there are a lot of things in your garden that want to eat them before you do. For example, garden plants are often afflicted with tomato worms, slugs, nematodes, and other pests.
Get some companions
To keep those nasties at bay, try planting marigolds amongst your vegetable plants. For this to work, you’ll need to ensure the marigolds are thickly growing with the other plants, so you’ll want to plant them both at the same
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, other so called “vegetable companion plants” include dill and basil to keep our hornworms, and sage to reduce cabbage moths.
Some companion plants don’t actively keep damaging insects away, but instead attract other insects that will kill the enemy bugs.
For example, the Almanac recommends parsnip, carrots, and parsley to bring insects such as lady bugs, praying mantises, and spiders into your veggie zone. These guys will hunt down and kill the insect pests – keeping more of your vegetables for you to eat, and without poisoning your space with potentially damaging insecticides.
Other companion planting tips? According to Mother Earth News, onions and leeks are effective at keeping away carrot flies; chives planted near berries can help improve their flavor and keep aphids at bay.
Get some nitrogen
Nitrogen is a vitally important component of a healthy garden’s soil. Some gardeners will opt to purchase nitrogen in the form of fertilizer to mix into their garden’s soil. However, did you know that some plants will pump up your soil’s nitrogen levels naturally?
Its true – legumes such as alfalfa, beans and clover are nitrogen fixing plants. That means they leave the soil in better condition than when they were planted. Miracle crops!
I hope you've enjoyed these tips, and I wish you good luck with all your gardening efforts! And as always, if you're thinking about upgrading the flooring i your home, give us a call at 814-364-9570.