It has been an exceptionally cold and snowy winter, but Spring is coming and it’s time to start preparing the garden.
Although things are somewhat warmer now, the ground can still be pretty cold and hard. Here are a few late Winter / early Spring garden tips to help it warm up:
- Warm the soil by covering your beds with black plastic. This will help capture warmth from the sun transmitting it into the ground underneath. An added bonus is that it will help suppress weed growth.
- Prepare raised beds or furrows to encourage the soil to drain away the abundant water that has accumulated during the winter. Raising areas you wish to plant also allows the sun greater access and allows the raised area to warm quicker than the surrounding areas.
- Consider creating a cloche to create a warmer micro-climate that will allow you to plant earlier and reap later. If you’re not familiar with the term ‘cloche’, you’ve nonetheless probably seen them around. They’re simply a low profile plastic tunnel formed by making a frame raised above the bed high enough to allow your plants to grow, then covering this frame with clear plastic.
- If your beds are near or under trees or shrubs, prune them to allow more sunlight to fall on the bed.
Here are a few of the seeds you can plant outdoors at this time of year:
- Fava Beans
- Cool weather salad greens
- Leafy Asian Greens
You can also plant perennials such as:
- bare root fruit trees and bushes
- Cane fruits
- Rhubarb crowns
- Asparagus crowns
- Horse Radish roots
Now is also the time to prune your fruit trees and spray them with dormant oil.
If you haven’t yet started seeds indoors that can’t be planted outdoors just yet, it’s a great time to get them going. There are quite a few vegetables you can start indoors now for later transplanting. These would include:
- Brussel sprouts
It’s also time to clean up any winter debri and dead leaves. Be sure to check that your shrubs and beds are still nicely covered with mulch. If not, you’ll want to get that done as well. Mulch helps protect roots in winter from the cold and in summer from excessive moisture loss. It helps remediate your soil as well. If tends to be clay like and retain too much water, it will help improve drainage. If it is sandy and drains too quickly, mulch will help retain water. It’s an amazing addition to your garden with multiple benefit.
Come in now to find out what seeds, seedlings and plants we have coming in so that you can plan for a spectacular Spring and Summer garden. Novices welcome! We have friendly professional horticulturalists who will be glad to help you with advice and practical know how!