With Spring and Summer coming up quickly, you need to look at preparing your home for the change of seasons. You should consider the fact that the one place in your home that will be most affected by the heat is the garden. The beating sunshine affects the back yard and front more than anywhere else in the house, which means that you have to prepare the space properly so it can withstand the onslaught of weather changes.
Your garden should be able to come through the summer without too much damage, but it’s only going to be able to do that when you prepare it properly. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you can get your garden ready for the heat.
- Clean Up the Plants. Spring is the perfect time to see those new plants peeping over the soil. Cleaning up any debris and weeds that may have popped up over the winter is the first thing to do, as is raking back any fallen leaves that have gathered around your plants. Use the compost you’ve gathered over the winter to feed the garden, but if there is any disease in the plants, you should destroy them entirely. If you find any dead plants that need to be removed, try not to pull the root balls out of the soil, but use gardening gloves and tools to thin them down and keep the others healthy.
- Compost. You can invest in sand supplies to feed your garden beds, or you can start thinking about adding the compost you’ve been gathering. It’s a great way to feed the soil, and you can ensure that your garden is well-fed. You can buy bagged compost if you want it – and if you haven’t been gathering a pile!
- Soil. Adding garden soil to raised beds is a smart move. Raised beds should be kept at least 12 inches deep, and this will allow your plants and veggies to grow deeper roots. Work out how much sand or soil you may need for your garden beds and start buying.
- Leaves. When you are raking the leaves in the garden to give the new flowers a chance to grow, don’t bag and bin them – keep them! You’ll be able to winterize the garden beds next year and keep them protected from cooler weather. Ask the neighbors for their leaves, too – they may be willing to share!
- Grow Cover Crops. You can grow cover crops for your raised beds – this is known as green manure, and it can suppress the weeds, control pests and provide nitrogen to the plants. Cover crops are plants that are used to smother the weekends and improve the health of the soil, and it can protect your garden while new fruits and veggies grow.
It takes some time to prepare the garden for the summer, but if you start now you should be able to have it all ready so that your garden can thrive once again. The preparation you do now can make or break your garden, so what are you planning for the garden this year?