For Greener Thumbs, Tip #19: Prepare now for Spring planting


The winter season is almost officially over although some of these days feel like it’s going backwards! The winds out here in the National Capital Region are crazy strong today. Thousands of people are without power, trees, large vehicles, and manmade structures are falling, blown down by these 60-70mph gusts.

But, if your weather allows it, and it is safe to do so, now is the time to start prepping your garden. Take the time now to prune your deciduous shrubs and trees. Pruning Tips

Avoid the ones that bud on old wood though, like rhododendrons.

Start amending your soil. Clear it of old plants, (compost them!), and add some fresh compost as well. Compost Tips

Check the structures of your garden beds as well. If you have a raised bed like a lot of us do here in D.C., then go about replacing the wood, getting new tomato cages, or reinforcing any sides that look like they need it.

How are your tools looking? Prep them now by sharpening blades, cleaning off rust, or replacing broken ones that aren’t safe for use any longer.

Lastly, map out what you’ll plant and when. I like to use a normal calendar to write down when it’s time to start planting my seeds. Use string or markers like old popsicle sticks to label what you’re planting and to cordon off the areas of different crops.

Happy Gardening, For Greener Thumbs readers!