Late winter gardening tips to prepare for spring planting

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With some warm weather spells over the past few weeks, gardeners are focused on spring!

Believe it or not, this is the perfect time of year to ramp up your gardening efforts!


What do you want to know

  • Clear your flowerbeds of dead branches, stems and weeds
  • This is the perfect time of year to build new planting beds
  • Research the types of plants you want to grow

Here are some late winter gardening tips:

  • Spread organic mulch over vegetable gardens and perennial fruits.
  • This is the perfect time to pot the “forced” bulbs.
  • Start your garlic and leek crops.
  • Plan your vegetable garden and buy your seeds
  • Clean flowerbeds and free them of dead branches, stems and weeds.

During this time, I will research what I want to grow and where various vegetables will go in my planting bed. It’s also the perfect time of year to build new beds, raised or not, and get them ready for the weeks ahead.

A few other things:

  • You can order dormant strawberries now. These are often cheaper than buying the strawberries in pots in the spring.
  • You can now plant crowns of dormant asparagus.
  • Rhubarb roots are also good for planting now.
  • Potatoes are also good for planting now in a 6 to 8 inch trench. You can use store-bought organic potatoes. Cut them into two-inch pieces with at least one eye.

When we have warmer, sunny days, it makes me want to dig some dirt, or at least flex my gardening muscle. Have fun, get outside, and enjoy the prep work for spring’s biggest planting season!

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