As the winter fades to spring the earth sprouts back to life. The sun starts shining and everything begins to bloom.
Although there’s still a chill in the air, now is the perfect time to start planning your Spring Garden. Family gardening is the perfect way to build a bond with your children, instill a love of nature and nurture.
What to Do Now
Now is the perfect time to plant your seeds in an indoor seedling tray. Choose the best plants based on your climate and what you prefer to eat. I always get my children involved. They especially love to plant seeds and watch them grow.
This is all you need to get started:
Use this seedling mat to get your seeds growing. Place it by a sunny window and watch your seeds sprout into baby plants. Once the frost is gone, you will be ready to plant your spring garden!
When the Frost is Gone
When the frost has subsided, it’s time to prepare your garden area. I recommend using a raised garden bed. I have a particular love of Togetherfarm Blocks. If you’ve never heard of them, you owe it to yourself to learn more. Read my review here.
Buy a Raised Garden Bed
Using a raised garden bed is the best way to ensure your garden gets a healthy and happy start. You’re in complete control. It also prevents the annoying task of tilling up your yard and minimizes the amount of digging required.
Here are a few of my favorite Raised Garden Beds:
EarthEasy has a great selection of Raised Garden Beds.
Choose plants based on growing climate
Burpee has a great growing calendar tool. All you do is enter your zip code and you can see a list of the crops you can grow throughout the year. This awesome tool even gives you information on which method to use for planting (direct sow, indoor sow or transplant).
Gardening Soil and Fertilizer
Since we will be using a raised garden bed, our plants will get fresh healthy soil. This makes plants happy! It also makes gardeners happy because it’s the most simple and effective way to get a healthy garden growing quickly.
• Two bags of topsoil
• 1-2 Bags of more expensive garden soil/compost (order living worm compost)
• Organic Fertilizer (order worm tea)
All garden stores sell top soil. You may have a harder time finding compost, but some garden stores sell a more expensive garden soil/compost mixture that works great.
You can also make your own compost or buy it online. Good Sweet Earth is a great resource for this.
If you want to make your own compost there are many great options at EarthEasy.
How to Set-Up your Spring Garden
You should set aside about an hour or more to get your Spring Garden set-up. Depending on which raised garden bed model you choose, your time commitment may be more or less. This is a simple process, I promise!
• Choose a location for your garden. Be sure the area gets plenty of sunlight.
• Assemble the raised garden bed kit.
• Poke several holes in the bottom of the soil bags.
• Lay the bags inside the raised garden bed.
• Cut off the tops of the upper side of the soil bags, so the soil is exposed on top.
• Pour the garden soil/compost, little by little on the top soil mixing as you go.
• Add the organic fertilizer to your top soil/compost mixture, mix again with your hands.
By leaving the top-soil bags partially intact we are reducing the amount of weeds that will sprout up in your Spring Garden. Don’t forget to cut holes in the bottom of the top soil bags though. This ensures proper drainage of the soil. We also cut costs by combining healthy garden soil/compost with a cheaper top-soil. By blending in the fertilizer, we are ensuring your garden will have a healthy start.
Now it’s time to plant:
• When planting, be sure to leave a small pathway between your rows of plants.
• Take the plants, one at a time and wet them well with the garden hose.
• Remove the plants from their containers, one at a time.
• Plant in rows, close enough to prevent weeds from taking over bare spots.
• Once you’ve planted all your seedlings, top with grass clippings or leaves.
It’s important to plant your vegetables close together. It may seem counterproductive, but this will reduce the weeds in your garden. By wetting the plants before removing them from the pots, we are giving them a nice drink and minimizing the amount of root damage upon removal. Topping the garden with grass clippings or leaves adds organic matter, further preventing weeds and other undesirables.
Planting a Spring Garden doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming. By using a raised garden bed and ordering supplies online you’re getting your garden started with little effort.
Be sure to get your kids involved. Make planting a Spring Garden a family affair. Let the kids help with the planting and building of the garden bed. Then the kids will be excited to eat your healthy harvest. Just think how great it will be to have healthy, organic food growing right in your back yard. Let’s do this thing!
My Favorite Online Gardening Stores for Seeds and Plants
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