Thursday, February 20, 2014

Get Ready for Spring

Days are still short and cold, spring seems far away, but if you look carefully at the plants in your garden and all around the neighborhood you’ll notice something has already started to change. The first buds have begun to appear, bulbs are about to bloom, colors are changing: it looks like March will soon welcome spring. This is the right moment to get ready for the next season, doing everything you can to create the perfect environment for your plants and flowers. Follow the advice of the experts.

Things You Should Do First

A clean garden is the perfect solution to prevent plant diseases, which thrive when weeds, poor soil and barrenness combine. You should start by getting rid of weeds before they blossom, and mulch. Nourish the soil with manure or humus. If you follow these first steps, your plants will wake up from their long sleep finding the perfect starting point: a soft, rich soil. Then, arm yourself with your sharp scissors and focus on old, dead branches: eliminate them. If you have some trouble identifying which branches you should cut, go for those that were burned by the winter, those without buds, and those that present traces of any sort of disease. This is also a good time to take care of your roses by shorting the old branches, something that will help the growth of the new ones. Also, make sure to clean the plants that blossom on old branches.

Now, the Vegetable Garden

The success of your vegetable gardens throughout spring and summer will hugely depend on the work you will do right now. The first thing you should do is to get rid of old winter plants and veggies, like cabbages. Also, don’t forget to take care of the weeds and to nourish the soil with humus or manure. Now, go back in the house and start working with the seedbed. Choose peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, green beans… and remember: you need to keep the vases with the seeds in a warm, humid environment and you should never let the soil dry. As soon as the little plants start to grow, they’ll need quite a lot of light or they’ll become too tall too soon, ending up collapsing on themselves. As soon as the temperature outside stabilizes around 59°F or more, you can start moving the plants outside in your vegetable garden.

Fight the Insects

On one hand, it is a wonderful idea to start preparing soon for the arrival of spring; on the other it is always good to think about how to prevent the arrival of the insects that come with it. Neem oil and pyrethrum extract are perfect: they will keep both insects and parasites at bay but they won’t harm the plant or the soil. It is quite important to remember that the use of chemicals during this time of the year could kill the delicate buds before they blossom: avoid them. If you need more tips, visit the right websites and don't forget to have some fun.

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