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7 Spring Garden Chores to Tackle in March

Mar 11, 2016
Diane Hoffmaster

Garden bed with plants 

While the temperature outside may still be a bit chilly, spring is approaching quickly. Many early spring plants should be in the ground soon, which means getting your garden ready for planting as soon as possible. While you are making up your spring garden to do list, here are a few things you should include:

1. Remove dead material from last year: If you neglected to remove your old plants at the end of the summer, you will need to pull them out along with any winter weeds that have managed to survive. Make sure to properly dispose of dead material to help prevent the spread of pests and disease in your garden.

2.  Repair garden beds: Over the winter, stones may have shifted and boards can start to rot.  Take a close look at your garden bed and see what needs fixing.  

3. Feed your soil: The long winter can take a toll on the health of your soil as rain and runoff speed up the removal of nutrients from the dirt. Take the time to turn the soil gently and add in fresh compost or your favorite manure/compost blend from the garden center. Don't over-till the soil, but make sure to thoroughly work in the compost to ensure that the roots of the plants have the nutrients they need.  

4. Make a garden map: Before you start digging, decide what you want to plant and where it will go. Take a look at your local garden center and online to see what is currently available.  Make sure to leave enough room for seeds that you’ll want to plant later in the season. Determine where the sun is most plentiful in your yard, and from which direction it comes. Make sure to plant shorter plants in front of taller ones so they all get plenty of sun.

5. Start seeds inside: If you will be starting your garden from seed, many plants should be started indoors a month or two before being transplanted. Start your summer seeds like tomatoes and eggplants now so they will be ready to plant outside once the weather is warm. Check the back of each seed packet to calculate how long they need to grow inside.

6. Check out your tools: Did you just toss your tools on the workbench last fall? Give them a good inspection for rust and make sure they are all accounted for. Replace missing and broken items now, before you need them.

7. Get crafty with garden art: Even on the coldest and windiest of days, gardeners can still enjoy their favorite hobby. On days you can’t be outside, consider making garden art to label your plants and add a pop of color to your back yard.  

What are YOUR plans for your garden this month?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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