“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” —Margaret Atwood
With the arrival of Spring each year, the desire to start gardening is reborn. There is something magical about the feel of dirt in your hands and the ability to produce such a bounty of greenery in an otherwise sparse landscape. It is like a tonic to your winter weary soul.
Whether your preference runs to vegetable gardens, flower gardens, or water gardens, much of the preparation is the same.
First, do an overall clean-up of your yard and garden:
- Remove leaves and debris by raking yard
- Clear your garden of last year’s dead plants
- Add a layer of organic material such as manure or compost to your garden and cultivate your garden with a spading fork
- Prune trees and shrubs
- Repair any gates, trellises or fences
- Clean your gardening tools
- Create a composting area if you don’t already have one (a great way to dispose of debris collected and pruning)
Now you are ready to plant!
While these chemicals will protect your plants from unwanted pests they can also be fatal for bees or other pollinators. They are commonly used in many bug sprays, read the label to ensure the spray is bee-friendly. Neonics, when washed into surface water, kill the water-insects fish rely on for food.
HOW TO PLANT:
- Water your plants well before planting them to drench the soil
- Remove the plant from the pot gently
- Break up the root ball with your fingers
- Prepare a hole the size of the root ball
- Add a few tablespoons of fertilizer to the bottom of each hole and mix it in with your fingers
- Place each plant into the individual holes and fill in the empty space around each flower with your hands. Take care to only cover the root ball and not the stem.
- Water your flowers regularly and enjoy the beauty and aroma for the rest of the summer.