Even though it is only the first week of April, the weather in the Pacific Northwest this last week has us feeling like it is closer to Summer than the beginning of Spring. In fact, within the 10-day forecast it is supposed to get into the mid-80’s.
This shift in weather is good news for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest. The warmer days bring milder nights, which means Spring garden season is upon us just in time to celebrate National Garden Month.
This month marks the 13th annual celebration of National Garden Month, which originally started as National Garden Week in April 1986. Each week during the month of April the National Gardening Association focuses on a specific topic regarding gardening; starting with flowers this week. To help raise awareness of National Garden Month and the joys gardening brings, the team here at SATECH has gathered their favorite gardening tips and tricks for a successful Spring garden.
Prep Your Space
Whether you are starting from scratch or reviving last year’s garden, prepping the land is one of the most important steps. Remove all weeds by the roots, dead leaves or any remaining debris from winter. If you still have live plants from a winter garden, make sure to prune them to keep them healthy and encourage Spring growth. Finally, you will want to prep the soil for new plants. Tilling your space is a great way to aerate the dirt and revitalize the moisture. Don’t forget to add mulch to your newly prepped space.
Plant Your Crop
Picking the right plants for your plant hardiness zone will help ensure the success of your garden. You can find the zones here. Some common Spring garden plants include Pansies, Tulips, Snapdragons and Lilacs. If you are interested in vegetable gardening then you will want to consider lettuce, spinach, peas and arugala.
Baby Your Plants
Once you have chosen and planted your crop it is time to baby them. Not only do you need to make sure they get plenty of water and nutrients, you will need to keep the area weeded and pruned so that your new plants don’t get choked out by old growth. There are several inexpensive and natural ways to keep your plants healthy in the Spring. For example, coffee grounds are great fertilizer, cooking water from boiling noodles, rice and etc. is a great way to give the plant nutrients, chamomile helps ward off plant infections and egg shells help reduce root rot. Finally, don’t forget to remove deadheads near the end of Spring.
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