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Spring Garden Tips To Wake Up The Garden

Spring Garden Tips To Wake Up The Garden

Are you ready for a new season? March marks the beginning of what we Northeasterners call, Mud Season. The ground is not quite primed for gardening yet, and we’re up to our knees in mud. It is the perfect time to take the snow gloves off and start exercising that green thumb.

7 Tips For Prepping The Garden

1. Survey the Yard
The winter takes its toll. Check fences, steps, and pathways for disrepair caused by freezing and thawing.

2. Tune up tools
Sharpen and repair tools.

3. Get The Mower Ready
Like the snow blower, the mower and leaf blower sit idle for months and then invariably won’t start. If needed, send them for the requisite servicing.

4. Create Compost
If you don’t compost during the winter months, collect compost and begin to create a pile. Spread compost over soil and turn regularly.

5. Prepare New Planting Beds
As soon as the snow melts and the ground thaws, clear the planting area and remove debris.

6. Clean Bird Feeders and Baths
Here’s how Martha Stewart cleans her feeders:
“Disinfect the feeders by scrubbing with weak bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach: 2 gallons warm water). Rinse and dry the feeders thoroughly before refilling them. Scrub birdbaths with bleach solution, then rinse them thoroughly and refill, changing water weekly.”

7. Get Organic Seeds
Support sustainable agriculture and purchase seeds from a local nursery or order from a seed catalog. Seeds of Change sells seeds that are certified organically grown in accordance with the National Organic Standards and meet or exceed Federal germination requirements.

Here are more tips for getting your garden prepped for the growing season. Please share some of your garden prep tips.

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.

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7:29AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013

Thank you Ronnie, for Sharing this!

5:07AM PST on Jan 12, 2013

Thanks....

4:43PM PDT on May 25, 2011

thank you

11:27AM PDT on May 17, 2011

Lovely info.

1:44PM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

ty

7:43PM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

Timely reminder to get OUT THERE!

10:20AM PDT on Mar 26, 2011

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8:46AM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Thanks for all the great tips, now its just a matter of getting started. :)

9:51AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

Thanks for the tips

10:29AM PDT on Mar 18, 2011

Organic seeds are good but would love to learn more about organic fertilizing and just how to go about it. Thanks for the article--saving it as a favorite!

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