10 tips and tricks for gardening this spring

Whether you are looking to plant your first garden or you are a seasoned veteran, these tips should help your garden get off to a successful start.

1. Location, location, location

Place your garden in an easily accessible area that can be monitored daily.

2. Stay with the Sun

Not getting enough sunlight can be a common problem for garden plants. Stay away from buildings, tress and other obstacles. Most garden plants need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day for optimal growth.

3. Stay hydrated

One of the most important tips to simplify your gardening experience is to place your garden near a water source like a hose. This will prevent you from having to drag a hose over and over or carry heavy watering cans. If you stick your finger in the soil and it’s dry an inch down, it’s time to water.

4. Start with proper soil preparation

Make sure the soil is not clumped or packed down. This can be down with a tiller or various garden hand tools. This will ensure good soil to seed contact, proper water infiltration and will also allow plants to sprout without issues getting above ground.

5. Planting depth

Make sure to read the seed container and see what the optimal planting depth is. Planting too deep, especially with small seeded plants may cause the plant to expend all of its energy before it gets above ground. Not planting deep enough may not give plants the opportunity to set good roots and could cause the plants to be unstable when they start putting on leaves and eventually fruit or vegetables.

6. Plant selection

It is crucial to choose plants that fit the area where they are grown. Make sure smaller plants will not later be shaded out by larger plants. Give climbing plants a spot to grow up and climb. Also give ground-hogging vine plants room to spread out. When planting think about how big plants will become, this will avoid competition between plants for resources like: sun, water and nutrients. Your local Centra Sota Country Store offers a wide range of seed and plant options to fit all aspiring gardeners and green thumbs.

7. Look at your calendar

Plants have a certain amount of days it will take them to reach maturity and produce delicious fruits or vegetables. Keeping this in mind when planting will enable you to plan when you will receive your bounty. With some shorter season plants that are quick to produce, it may be nice to plant every week for a few weeks so you have fresh produce for a longer period of time.

8. Don’t let cold bite you

Take a look at historical frost dates and do not plant susceptible plants too early in the season when frost is still possible or too late in the season where plants are at risk when they are still producing valuable fruits or vegetables. This will help avoid all your hard work going to waste.

9. Keep a handle on weeds

If plants are planted in uniform rows it will be easier to tell what is a weed and what is not in the early stages of the growing season. Weeds are easiest to remove when they are very small and before they have rooted in deep. This will also prevent weeds from seeding out and creating future weed problems. Weeds can either be removed by hand or will hand tools like a garden hoe.

10. Keep plants well fed

Along with fertilizing with commercial fertilizer and/ or manure before planting it is also important to fertilize periodically throughout the season so plants never go hungry. Visit your local Centra Sota Country Store to check out your wide range of fertility options.
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