Getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do to ensure success. Follow the tips outlined below and watch your vegan organic spring garden flourishes and blossoms.
- Choose planting areas based on exposure to sun, shade, wind and distance from water source.
- Study garden for gaps that can be filled by spring-flowering bulbs, and order in August for best selection.
- Choose flowering trees and shrubs for color and time of bloom to add to the garden in the autumn.
Survey the Yard
- Make note of tree limbs that should be removed or cabled, especially those that overhang structures.
- Cut down last year’s perennial foliage, and toss it into the compost pile.
Mulch provides a blanket that helps keep moisture in the soil and prevent roots from getting too hot or cold and reduce weed problems. Rake mulch from beds planted with bulbs before foliage appears, and refresh mulch in other planting areas after soil warms.
Weeding the Garden
Weeding is the boring and tedious work of caring for a garden, but it must be done. Start early, and do a little at a time so you won’t tire yourself out.
Mow the Lawn
Clear the lawn of winter debris, and look for areas that need reseeding before mowing. Fertilize the lawn if needed.
Start a Vegan Organic Compost Pile
Start a vegan organic compost pile, or use a compost bin, if you don’t have one already. Begin by collecting plant debris and leaves raked up from the garden. Chop these up first to speed decomposition. Turn regularly. Continue adding to the pile throughout the season for rich, homemade compost next spring. Please check out this article for more information: Compost For Your Garden.
Prune Trees and Shrubs
- Prune all plant material to remove any diseased, dead, weak or crossing branches.
- Complete tree pruning before new growth begins.
- Thin and trim summer-blooming shrubs such as butterfly bush, hydrangea, and most roses, except for old-fashioned once bloomers.
- Prune cold-damaged wood after plants resume spring growth.
- Prune spring-blooming shrubs and trees after flowering.
- Wait to prune evergreens, hedges, and other shrubs until late spring into early summer.
Prepare New Beds
- Dig beds in preparation for spring planting as soon as earth is friable.
- Add compost in four to six inch layers and work into planting bed soil.
- Cultivate planting beds and carefully remove weeds.
- Mulch planting beds.
- Plant deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs, weather and soil conditions permitting.
- Sow seeds of annuals and vegetables indoors that require 10 to 12 weeks before transplanting.
- Sow radish and lettuce seeds directly into the vegetable garden.
- Plant cold weather vegetables like spinach, peas, lettuce and broccoli as soon as soil is workable.
- Plant and transplant perennials.
- Divide and transplant summer-blooming perennials.
- Soak mail order bare-root plants before planting.
- Plant roses.
Apply vegan organic fertilizer around trees and shrubs when new growth appears. Begin fertilizing perennials when active growth resumes.
Water Plants with Chamomile Tea
Chamomile tea is wonderful for keeping your plants healthy. Use it when watering to ward off bacterial and fungal infections and to prevent young seedlings from damping off. Let the tea cool off completely before using it.
Use Cooking Water on Your Plants
Watering your plants using left over cooking water is another great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled pasta or vegetables. Let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.
Garden at Night
Many gardening experts believe that planting at night will help your garden grow faster and stronger than by planting during the day. Planting at night also minimizes water waste.