Even though the temperature outside may keep your thoughts far from a spring garden it’s time to start preparing. The ground may be solid with ice, but it’s important to prepare your soil for a productive bed. Weather you prefer the flower, or the vegetable variety of garden (or perhaps you favor both) constructing an environment for maximum results begins long before tiny seedlings can be placed in ground.
Turning the ground helps aerate and loosen the soil. Once the ground is aerated the next step would be too kneed in good compost. Composting can be easy. It is an inexpensive means of adding vital nutrients to your garden. I prefer to use a corner of my back yard which I have closed off with chicken wire. If you are very animate and add the proper ingredients your compost will be your biggest source of productive gardening. Your compound will thrive with any proper substance you can add such as coffee grounds, leftover dinner scraps, tree limbs and leaves. Your imagination is your only limitation to what you can compost. Your compost must have a good circulation of air to contributor to the deterioration process. If you choose to maintain your compost in a container leave plenty of holes for airflow. Turn your compost often. You will find the bottom is always dark and rich, perfect for boosting vegetation. This rich nutrient is exactly what your green thumb needs to assure a favorable outcome.
While your soil outside is boosting its own health start your seedlings inside. Place one to two seeds in small planter full of potting soil. Potting soil is always best to start seedlings. It will have what is required for you new plant to flourish. Keep the soil moist, but do not drown the seeds. In a few days you should begin to see a sprout peeking from the soil. Add a small amount of fertilizer that is specially prepared to new plants. This will help the roots grow strong. Stronger roots will help assure a successful transplant to the outdoors.
You will want to continue preparing your terrace for spring planting. Add a dusting of organic fertilizer formulated for outdoor gardening to your bed will help prepare the spread for new plants. Lay out a plan for your plot. Where the plants will be best laid, and how much room will be required for growth is important. Tomatoes can take up much more than their share of space. So you want to be sure and leave them plenty of room. Beans or peas on the other hand only need a small space with a long pole to climb onto. Don’t place ground plants (onions, garlic, carrots, and radishes) under plants that will only shadow over them. They won’t stand much of a chance.
You will also want to form a plan of action against insects. A number of flowers and herbs can deter the critters who want to feast on your hard work. Garlic is helpful, as well as nasturtiums. I don’t recommend using an insecticide unless it is absolutely the only means to save your sanity. There are many good alternatives that will keep the critters out, and retain your gardens health.
Preparing now will mean a beautiful, productive garden to be proud off. In a few weeks you can be walking into your own back yard and gathering a handful of your very own tomatoes for a crisp refreshing salad. Yes, it is work. But it is the most rewarding work.