Get Ready For Spring With This FREE Spring Vegetable Garden Prep ListPrintable!
Spring is an exciting season. It’s an excuse to start fresh — especially when it comes to garden preparation. Spring Vegetable Garden Prep is easy when you have a plan!
Once the temperatures begin to rise, you’ll soon find yourself caught up in a frenzy of soil preparation, seed sowing, growing, and taking care of your garden!
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Before spring starts, prep early and enjoy a beautiful garden later. Here’s a guide we made especially for you to start preparing your garden for the busy season.
Clear Your Garden
Clean your garden and get rid of any dead leaves, weeds, rocks, and debris. Vegetable, flowers, and other plants prefer a tidy place to grow, so, it’s a must to have a tidy area ready for them.
Throughout winter and fall, your garden might be exposed to different elements, so, it’s important to start clearing your garden as quickly as you can. Put any dead organic matter in your compost. Remove any weeds that you see. Put them in your compost or burn them.
The sooner you clean out the garden beds, the better chance you have of having a healthy, happy garden later.
Prepare Your Garden Tools
Pull out your garden tools that have been sitting in your storage area or garage all fall and winter.
Since it’s almost time to use these tools again, make sure that they are ready to do the job. Clean them off with soap and water. Use a scourer to give the bladed tools a thorough clean to ensure you don’t pass on any viruses to your new plants. Side Note: Always clean your tools between using them on another plant or area to ensure you’re not passing anything to the next plant or area. If they have wooden handles, make sure that you use mineral spirits. This will prevent the wood from splintering and hurting your hands in the process.
Sharpen your tools to improve their performance. Once you’re done sharpening them, apply oil or WD40 to the hinges and blades.
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Clear Out And Clean The Greenhouse
It’s the perfect time to give the greenhouse its much-needed cleaning. Wash the exterior of the greenhouse with detergent or disinfectant to remove any moss, algae, and grime. This will allow more light to enter and removes any potential homes for pests, mold, and diseases. Make sure to disinfect the inside of the covering (glass or plastic), too.
Sweep the floor, shelves, and benches. Wash them with a hot solution of garden disinfectant. Clean the pots and seed trays with soap and water to prevent disease.
Once the greenhouse is clean and dry, inspect the structure for any damages. Check if there are any exposed areas or parts that need replacement.
Remove Unwanted Pests
Before you start planting, get rid of any hibernating pests like snails, slugs, or aphids so they will not get the opportunity to get into your plants.
If you haven’t cleared last year’s pots of summer bedding, check for white-vine-weevil larvae. These pests live in the compost and feed on your plant’s roots. Destroy them as soon as you find them. You may use chemical drenches or parasitic nematodes.
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Give The Soil Some TLC
One of the most important steps of Spring Vegetable Garden Prep is to make sure that the soil is ready for planting.
Turn the soil over using a pitchfork and rake it out. This will also clear out any weeds. Then add fresh compost from your composting bin or use store-bought compost or manure to nourish the soil.
Start A Composting Area
Set up a composting area in your garden. This will be your ready-made composting bin.
The composting area is where you can put all your organic waste. Once everything is broken down, you will end up with rich compost that your plants will love.
Place a good mixture of grass clippings, fruits, and vegetable peelings, paper, and woody prunings in your composting area. You can also try and build your own Worm Composting Bin like mine.
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Maintain Trellis, Fences, And Gates
Don’t forget while you’re doing your Spring Vegetable Garden Prep to check your trellis, fences, and gates for any signs of weather damage or decay. Fix any broken structures in time for the spring and summer.
Clean the panels with a power washer. This will remove any mildew, dirt, and moss which might affect the plants. You may also use a stiff brush to remove grime. Once the wood is completely dry, apply two coats of paint, stain, or wood preservative.
Set Up New Garden Beds And Planters
Build a new set of garden beds and planters for your new plants. Install some window boxes or shepherd’s hooks. Order some new pots to ensure that you have enough places for your new plants.
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Apply a thick layer of mulch wherever you can. Mulch is effective in keeping weeds from sprouting. Compost is a great mulch, too, every time it gets watered or it rains the nutrients in the compost are released into the soil keeping your plants well-fed.
Make sure once you’ve added your plants to apply some mulch in your garden beds and planters.
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To help you in remember all these steps, we prepared a free printable for you. Print it out and keep it handy. You can also place it your greenhouse door – inside, of course :)!
It’s never too early to start. Before it gets here, make sure you take care of the Spring Vegetable Garden Prep so your garden is a happy place for you and your plants – and a few butterflies and bees, too!
What are you planning to plant this spring season?
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