The Spring garden is the most special time of the year in the garden. The earth is starting to warm and is setting up for the most beautiful displays of the year. If you were able to plant Spring flowering bulbs last Fall then certainly you are only about 8 weeks away from the start of an explosion of color that will take you through April and May.
These tulips start blooming around the 2nd week in April
and will last for a couple of weeks, if you had planted some crocuses they would already be fading because they would have started blooming the last two weeks in March.
The key to a good color display that will last through out the Spring is to plan your plantings according to bloom times. Obviously you can not pinpoint the exact day the flowers will start blooming but by doing some research you will be able to setup a chart giving you approximate dates you can expect the blooms to appear. Put your chart into a Garden Journal and keep track from year to year when your flowers bloom. After a couple of years you will be able to tweak your flower beds to get the type of display you want.
Vegetable Garden Check List
If you are planning a vegetable garden and plan on starting your seeds indoors then you will need to start sooner than latter. Vegetables like cabbage , leeks, and onions should be started 6 to g weeks before you plant them in the garden and they can be planted in the garden up to 4 weeks before the last frost date.
So if you have a greenhouse or indoor room where you start your vegetables than you can be busy from The beginning of March all the way to the middle to the end of May tending these seedlings waiting to get them out into the garden. The real secret to growing a healthy crop of transplants is plenty of light, and to keep the temperature a bit on the cool side to avoid the plants from growing spindly and to keep them compact.
For some help on frost dates and when to plant indoors visit our Gardeners Resource Page Charts and information you can use to help you determine when to start what and when to plant outside.
Make Sure Your Gardening Tools Are Ready
There is nothing more frustrating then to go to do a quick job and find it takes you twice as long to find the tools you need or get them started than it takes to do the job. The secret here is organization gardening tools should all be kept in one area wiped down and cleaned after every use Then Returned To The Assigned Storage Spot. This will save you hours of frustration and time when you need to use them. Small hand tools such as clippers and trowels can be kept in a drawer or a plastic storage bin what ever your preference might be. Rakes, hoes , shovels etc.. should be hung up on a rake where you can easily see them.
Be sure you check your power equipment take it in now for repairs and tuneups don’t get stuck on a waiting list as the season begins. Be ahead of the game and know that it is working and is in safe condition. A clean and well tuned machine will ensure that your gardening chores will be done in a timely manner and you will not have to spend a lot of time trying to get them running.