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3 Tips for Spring Garden Planting

by Kuhrich on Thursday, April 17, 2014

Now that leaves have turned green, days are longer, and the skies are blue and balmy, the thoughts and daydreams of many homeowners are focusing on the upcoming gardening season. Whether you’ve got basketfuls of freshly picked vegetables and berries on your mind or you’re more the type who wants to cultivate a thriving perennial border, it’s time to start getting that yard ready for spring. If you’re among those who have recently purchased a custom home, this will be an excellent opportunity for you to build your yard your way from the ground up. Let’s explore the three first steps in creating your own private Eden from scratch.

Siting Matters

Whether you’re intending on growing vegetables, flowers, or a combination of both, now is the time for you to find the absolute best spots so that your horticultural efforts will thrive. If you’ve got existing trees in your yard, take notice of where they cast their shade, and plan on planting your sun-loving vegetables and flowers in these areas. If you’re dreaming of a little shade garden full of lushly verdant hostas and ferns, take note of where the shade falls your yard, particularly during the hottest parts of the day.

Preparing the Site

After you’ve chosen the site or or sites that you want to use, it’s time to prepare the ground so that your plants will get off to the best possible start. Remove weeds and other assorted debris from the area, spread four inches of good compost over the planting bed, and work it thoroughly into the soil to a depth of around 12 inches to allow plenty of room for roots.

Plant and Fertilize

Mid-spring is a great time to plant most varieties of both perennial and annual plants. However, if you live in an area that can get nighttime frosts up until June, it’s best to hold off on planting the more tender species until you’re certain that they’re safe from frost damage.

Because all plants have differing fertilizing requirements, make certain to research the needs of each of the plants that you have selected and provide nutrition for them accordingly.

Spring is also a great time to start a compost pile to use in next year’s garden.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com