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7 simple tips for early spring gardening

There’s no greater satisfaction than sitting back and admiring a beautiful spring garden. The sights and the scents can be heavenly. However, to get them you’ll need to put in a shift and do the hard work. Preparation is the key. Nobody really likes hard work, particularly at this time of year. But all the hard work will be worth it when your garden plants start to blossom. It’s then that you’ll find true satisfaction and fulfilment because you’ll know that the beautiful plants that you’ve managed to nurture owe their existence to your efforts. Here are Ladybrook Nursery’s top tips for giving your garden a head start this spring.

Get your soil ready

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

Weeding your yard

Weeds can be a nuisance at the best of times, but particularly if you let them run wild for most of the winter. Wedding is a boring and tedious job, but it’s a necessary and essential part of caring for a garden. Weeding simply has to be done. Start early, and do a little at a time: there’s no point wearing yourself out.

Fertilise your garden with coffee grounds

If you’ve moved some of your shrubs to indoor planters during the winter – now’s the time to move them back out again. If you want to fertilise your garden when planting, but want to remain thrifty, then use coffee grounds. Not only will this save you money: it’s also a bit more ‘green’ too. Coffee 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 left over cooking water is another great way of adding a nutrient boost to you soil/ Cooking water is packed with the vitamins and minerals left behind after you have boiled pasta, vegetables, or potatoes. The only thing to remember is to let the water cool down before you feed it to your plants.

Use chamomile tea to ward off plant infections

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

Plant egg shells along with your vegetables

Planting used eggshells in the same hole that you will be planting your vegetables in will help your plants avoid “blossom end rot” which is often cause by a calcium deficiency. However, make sure you grind up the egg shells as much as possible.

Garden at night

Many gardening experts believe that gardens planted at night grow faster and stronger than gardens planted during the day. Planting at night also maximized your water usage.

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