Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

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It’s Spring Time again!  Seriously, where does all this time go when it’s flying by so crazy-fast?  Anyway, Spring signifies a time of renewal and  a time of rebirth.  The trees are budding out, and, in my area at least, the Dogwoods and Magnolia trees are in full bloom.  I’m planning my vegetable garden.  Life is good.

Herb Garden idea

Ready to jump in and do some sustainable gardening?  Excellent!  Here’s some basic gardening supplies that you’ll need.  

Gardening tools.  The tools you want depends on your project.  Most everyone needs a set of hand tools like a spade, a  trowel, a cultivator, and a weeder.  If you’re gardening in a larger area, you’ll probably want a rake, a shovel, and possibly a hoe.   I generally have my vegetable garden plot tilled.  

Plants.  A lot of times, we want instant gratification.  When Spring starts, I admit it – I buy some flowers from the nursery or the garden center to plant.  Petunias, pansies, and other pretties are all ready already.  I also like to buy some veggies that are a little more difficult to start from seed, and a few herb plants.

Raised Bed Gardening

Seeds.  One of the greatest things of gardening is seeing stuff grow.  Even in my adultdom, I get so excited when I see seeds start to sprout.  And when they get their first set of permanent leaves?  I’m super giddy!  

Fertilizer.  Yep.  Many times, your plants need a little extra nutrients.  Fertilizer and plant food help with this.  You can also add extra soil amenders to help your soil.  

Mulch.  Why mulch?  Several reasons.  One, it helps keep the soil moist, so we can water less often.  If the water doesn’t evaporate so quickly, the plants can use the water instead.  Helps to cut down on those bills, too.  Two, the mulch helps to keep the weeds and other unwanted wild seeds from germinating.  Who wants to spend hours weeding?  Not me, that’s for sure.  Three, it just looks pretty!  Mulch adds the finishing touch, and makes everything look finished and somewhat elegant.  

The fine folks at Scotts have released two new kinds of mulch for this year.  Scotts Florida Select Natural Eucalyptus Mulch and Scotts Nature Scapes mulch.  The Florida Select mulch is grown in Florida, for Florida.  What makes this so special?  

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It’s eco friendly.  Eucalyptus grows 4 times faster than Cypress, which is what’s normally used for mulch.  This mulch also helps control weeds and conserve soil moisture.

It’s natural.  The eucalyptus mulch contains 100% plantation grown, sustainably harvested eucalyptus, and nothing else.  That means there’s no sawdust, waste wood, or filler that could be potentially harmful.

It’s local.  The eucalyptus is grown in Florida, helping to stimulate the economy.  

Irish Gardens at Mt Usher

I’m lucky in the fact that I don’t have to worry about maintaining the landscape around my home.  I haven’t yet decided if I’ll be mulching my garden. How about you?  Any big landscaping or gardening projects on the horizon?

Garden images via pebblepathgardens, Trendir, Discover Ireland, Clifford Country

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  1. ANN*H says

    Very nice garden I must say. Mine was looking great to till a neighboring groundhog decided he was hungry and ate almost all the tops and leaves off everything we planted. I hate them things.
    I have never heard of eucalyptus mulch before. I love the smell of eucalyptus. Tho I dont usually use mulch. thanks for the info , now to get rid of those pesty groundhogs.

  2. ellen beck says

    Great garden! I need to do so much more to mine. I love raised beds and hubby thinks they arent needed. I am still throwing compost in as the soil is horrid.

  3. Sandra VanHoey says

    I love gardens although I gave up because every time I tried and would get things budding, something ate everything I was getting in. I tried a few different times and it didn’t work for me

  4. Sarah L says

    I wish it were Spring. I’m going to the Colorado Garden and Home Show this weekend to get a sneak peek into Spring.

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