Preparing Your Garden This Spring

After a long winter in Calgary, Alberta, there's nothing quite like the sight of new growth and the promise of a vibrant garden. To make the most of the upcoming spring season, it's important to prepare your garden properly. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these tips from gardening experts will help you get your garden ready for spring:

  1. Be sure it is the right time to get started: "Research should be the first task on your list. Before you start digging in your garden, make sure that it's the appropriate time to do so based on your agricultural zone... If the ground is still frozen and there's still a threat of frost, you'll mostly be wasting your time" (Martha Stewart).
  2. Clear away the old to make way for the new: "Clear away and compost the dead stalks of perennials that provided seeds and cover to birds and other wildlife over the winter but may harbor unwanted diseases and bugs. Prune shrubs and small trees to maintain good form and vigor. Rake lawns to remove winter debris. This also helps aerate the soil to ensure air gets in to the root zone" (Nature Conservancy Canada).
  3. Purchase your seeds in advance: "Buying your seeds before spring arrives will give you ample time to plan, which is key when it comes to successfully planting them. Every seed has different germination requirements. Some need to be started indoors while others will need to be direct seeded" (Martha Stewart).
  4.  Make sure everything is watered and ready: "Set up a deep watering schedule to promote good root development. A well-developed root system will help plants weather dry spells in the summer. It is best to water early in the morning. Once the warm weather arrives, a deep soaking once a week of at least two to three centimetres of water is optimal" (Nature Conservancy Canada).
  5. Get mulching: "Getting a head start on mulching may help prevent unwanted weeds from germinating. When choosing mulch for your garden, look for ground mulch as it is better nutrient wise and will break down nicely. Other mulches, such as chips or pine straw, do not break down and may not contribute to improve soils" (Martha Stewart).

Once everything is prepped, you're ready to start planting! Good luck!

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