How to prep your garden for Spring – build raised garden beds, plan out your seeds, and prepare the soil.
Now that we’ve gotten past the cold snap down here in the south, I think I can safely say Spring is here to stay. Fingers crossed. For me, the planning of my garden is almost as excited as seeing the crops grow. It’s refreshing to have a plan on what the season may hold even though I may not have control of bugs, heat, lack of rain, etc. down the road. I enjoy the process of getting as prepared as I possibly can right now.
So let’s chat preparation. Are you wondering where to get started prepping your garden for the Spring time?
How to build raised garden beds:
The first thing you can do while the weather is still cold and in its transitional phase is build any raised garden beds that you’d like to have. I personally love raised garden beds because not only do they look pretty, but they take less work to tend to at the start of each season. You don’t have to worry about tilling them. Last year we had 9 raised garden beds and this year we have 12! So much fun.
Follow my DIY Raised Garden Beds tutorial if you’re new to raised garden beds and looking to build some for the year. You can really customize this to fit any size you’d like but I like the 6’ by 3’ beds so that they’re long but only wide enough for two rows of plants. It makes it easier to reach and tend to all the plants.
How to plan out seeds to plant in your garden:
To me, this is the fun part.
- Start a list of any plants you’d like to grow in your garden and a list of ones you’ve grown but just haven’t had luck with.
- Next – do your research. Learn what types of plants are best to plant next to each other. Such as radishes help deter cucumber beetles and squash bugs. Onions and leeks repel carrot flies.
- I used this SUPER helpful infographic when planning what plants to plant together.
- Plan to rotate your crops. You never want to plant the same thing in the same area on back to back years if you’ve had problems with bugs.
- Draw it out. Sketch out your garden beds and draw little circles on where you want your plants to go. If you don’t have garden signs right away, save your sketches so you remember what is planted where.
How to prepare the soil and garden beds:
After you’ve built your beds and planned out what you’re planting and where you’re planting it, it should hopefully be warm enough for you to start prepping the soil in the actual garden beds.
If you have old garden beds, you’ll want to pull out any weeds leftover from the winter. Then add some fresh organic vegetable soil, compost, and organic vegetable fertilizer into the beds. Take a shovel or rack and gently mix all of that together. Spray down with water to add some moisture to the soil.
If you have new garden beds, add organic vegetable soil into the raised bed until it reaches about 3 inches below the top. Add some compost and organic vegetable fertilizer and mix together. Also spray the beds down with some water.
Now you’re ready to plant! You can either dig two rows down the garden bed and sprinkle the seeds down the row or you can poke little holes in the beds and plant 3-4 seeds in the holes. I prefer the row method because I can get more plants in the beds.