Spring Gardening Tips

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Spring Time is My Favorite Time For Gardening!

 

There may be no greater satisfaction to gardening than watching your spring garden bloom. Sitting back on your lawn and watching your garden shine with a natural and beautiful array of plant life can be a relaxing and stress-relieving process.

There is some skill behind creating and caring for the perfect spring garden that requires patience, love, and attention to detail.

That fun yet hard work is what makes the finished product so rewarding and fulfilling.

Whether you are planning your first garden or have been watching vegetables ripen every spring for as long as you can remember, getting your garden off to a solid start is one of the most important things you can do to ensure success.

Get your soil ready:

Preparing your soil for a spring garden should be done as early as possible. The main process is tilling your garden area around 8 to 12 inches beneath the surface and removing any rocks or debris. The next major step is to add organic matter and fertilizer. One thing you want to avoid is tilling when your soil is too wet. The extra water will hinder plant growth.

Weeding your yard:

Weeds can be a pesky thorn in your side—especially if you let them run wild for most of the winter. 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.

Fertilize your garden with coffee grounds:

During the winter, you may have moved some of your shrubs to indoor planters – now’s the time to move them back out again! Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save a little money and be a bit more ‘green’ in the process. The grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that aids in vegetable and plant growth. Simply add them to your compost pile or directly into the soil itself.

Use cooking water on your plants:

Watering your plants using leftover cooking water is another great way to add a nutrient boost with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled some pasta, vegetables, or potatoes. Just be sure to let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.

Watering your plants with chamomile tea is a great way to help ward off bacterial and fungal infections that come with springtime. Spraying your plants with a chamomile tea mix a few times a week will help stop your seedling from damping off.

Throwing some eggshells in the same hole that you will be planting your vegetables in help your plants avoid “blossom end rot” which is often caused by a calcium deficiency. Just be sure to grind up the eggshells as much as possible.

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 maximized your water usage. Just be sure that you have the proper lighting to see what you are doing. Since the cold of the winter months might not have completely passed, you should probably wear a sweater, too!

My garden every year has flowers and vegetables. I plant a large number of Plants.

Also over the years, I have added Fruit trees and bushes.

My most favorite thing in the spring is gathering the Morel Mushrooms. 

Indoor Vegetable Seed Starting Basics: Seeds, Starting Supplies & Lighting

 

I will be doing a longer video series called Gardening 101 exclusively on 2nd YT Channel My First Vegetable Garden. It can be searched with a digital table of contents. The series is geared to the first time vegetable gardener. Today’s episode is all about the basics of indoor seed starting. I cover seeds and what GMO, Heirloom, Hybrids, and Organic means, basic seed starting supplies, seed starting mix and out of the box grow-lights. Enjoy!

0:00 Series Introduction 1:30 What are GMO’s Seeds 2:33 What are Heirloom Seeds 3:30 What are Organic Seeds 4:56 What are Hybrid Seeds 6:44 Pressed Peat Moss Seed Starting Cells – ‘I don’t like them’ 7:47 Basic Plastic Seed Starting Cells 9:30 Basic Seed Starting Mix Tips 10:50 Boiling Water to Stop Fungus Gnats 11:22 Water Trays and Bottom Watering 14:17 Basics on Cool Weather and Warm Weather Crops 15:30 Grow Light Basics – Lumens & Kelvin Ratings

Here is Episode 2 of Gardening 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uxsa…

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