Way to Prepare Your Vegetable Garden for the Spring

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With the autumn and winter having now passed, there is no telling what state your garden may find itself in as the New Year approaches. From biting cold and frost to the howling gales that can damage your fencing, there are a number of challenges facing gardeners as they look to maintain their outdoor space during the winter and prepare it for the spring.

So how exactly should you prepare your garden for the challenges of winter while also ensuring that your ground remains fertile all year round? Here is a brief guide: -

Take Stock and clear your Garden of Debris

Before you make specific plans, it is important to take stock of your garden and its existing state. Any overgrown grass needs to be cut, for example, while waste and debris also needs to be removed and recycled where possible. This will create a blank canvas on which you can create a functional layout for your garden, as you look to create plots for growing plants, vegetables and other seeds. You will also need to perform an inventory of your equipment to ensure that you have the tools to do the job, with lawn mowers, leaf blowers and strimmers making it easier to maintain and prepare your garden.

Clear dead plant debris and Maintain Perennials

Perennial plants can live for up to two years, which means that they need to be maintained on a regular and proactive basis. During the winter, this means that you must cut back the dry stems of any perennials to soil level, especially after bouts of frost or extreme cold. You should also look to remove any pest eggs and diseases spores, as these have the potential to damage your soil and future crops. This process will leave you with rich and fertile soil, which in turn will be more receptive to crops in the spring.

Compost dead plant debris to create organic soil Conditioner

After you have completed stage two of the process, you should be left be an excess of plant debris. Rather than throwing this out, you should compost this to create an organic soil conditioner, which can kill weed seeds and ensure that your soil remains disease free until the spring. By creating several active piles, you can prepare the whole of your garden space and optimise its growing potential. Keep an eye on each pile to avoid inactive ones, as these should be removed and discarded at your earliest convenience.

These steps should help you to create rich and fertile soil, which is primed for growing crops and vegetables in the spring. By following the process to the letter, you can also plant seasonal vegetables such as perpetual spinach, onions and shallots during the dying embers of winter


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GeorgeHarris writes: Awesome work
Posted: 12:47 pm on April 25th
Carolyoung writes: good work. Thanks for sharing.
Posted: 10:53 am on April 21st
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Posted: 11:55 am on April 20th
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