Spring is just around the corner!
If you live anywhere in the northern United States, that might seem like wishful thinking this year – here at my house, it’s the third of March and we’re having an icestorm with school canceled.
But despite the seemingly endless winter (which is actually completely explainable and on schedule, it just always feels this way at the end of winter), it’s true that Spring is quickly approaching. In fact, daylight savings time begins on Sunday!
As we’re approaching Spring, the flurry of gardening catalogs and magazines hitting my mailbox has been so exciting. It’s one of my very favorite times of year – if I were pressed to pick just one time that it is my favorite, it would be a warm, sunny, spring day. Not hot like in summer, not rainy and muddy, just a perfectly warm, sunny day with puffy little white clouds slowly moving across the bright blue sky. What a dreamer I am, right?
But the reason I love this time of year is because it is the perfect time to prepare for the garden. Growing plants are such a thrill, and preparing their beds will make a difference for the entire growing season – and improve the quality and taste of the food they produce!
So what is the most important part of preparing for the spring garden? Why, preparing the soil, of course! As such, I’ve curated a list of my top 10 pins on Pinterest with soil preparation pins for the garden.
7 Best Soil Preparation Pins
This pin includes a link to an article on The Herbangardener on Spring Soil Preparation for the Organic Vegetable Garden. Different soil amendments are discussed, but my favorite part is the recipe for the organic fertilizer – I can never remember the ratios quite right, so this is an awesome resource!
This pin includes a link to an article on Weed Em and Reap on How to Get Superpowered Garden Soil. I love that the article starts out with an image from Homesteady that describes how to test your soil – with the mason jar and 24 hours method. Once you know your soil type, the article walks you through what you can use to prepare your soil. It’s very helpful!
Of course, no gardening list of tips would be complete without a link to Mother Earth News – this publication has been and remains my very favorite resource for all things growing. And who doesn’t love the price of FREE? Organic fertilizers are really hot right now – and really overpriced. There’s no reason to spend all that money on organic fertilizers when there are plenty of free options available. Will one of these work for you? Might as well check for ideas before you assume they won’t! This article was reviewed and updated in January 2015 too – so don’t worry about it being outdated.
Planning to use raised vegetable gardens this year? Great! Just don’t forget that you can achieve better results when you prepare the soil beneath the raised bed and plan for the right soil height for the plants you’ll be growing. This article from EarthEasy.com will point you in the right direction. Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of information covered – just pin or bookmark so you can refer to it later, it will be useful for quite a bit of your garden planning!
EarthEasy received the distinguished honor of being recognized twice on this list – they also have an excellent article on how to build rich soil for your raised garden beds, including the one amendment that most gardeners forget – adding a source of phosphorus. Great instructions on how to maintain the soil of your raised garden bed too, if you already have them built.
While we’re all excited to get out into the garden, it’s important to note that there IS such a thing as TOO SOON to go out and work the soil. If you work the soil too soon, you could run into difficulties. This article from Organic Gardening lays out some great information about when to work the soil to make sure that you’re not starting too early.
Have you used cover corps before? If not, you’re missing an excellent way to replenish your soil. I recently read an article about using white radishes as a cover crop – especially with clay soil – because the tap roots are so deep and can really help to break up the soil and bring the needed nutrients up a higher level. If you’ve not worked with cover crops before, Old World Garden Farms makes it easy with their article on breathing new life into your tired garden through the use of cover crops.
That’s my roundup for today – the 7 Best Soil Preparation Pins to help you get your spring garden off to a fantastic start!
Do you use any of these tips already? Which is your favorite? What will you be trying new this year? Did I miss a wonderful soil preparation pin? If so, let me know!