Ring in Spring with the Best Garden Hacks from our 55+ Communities

Use these tips and tricks for a thriving spring garden!

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There’s nothing quite like the joy of watching the fruits of your labor bloom, which is why gardening is such a popular activity for many of us! Not only do we enjoy watching beautiful flowers blossom throughout the spring, but we can actually share our work with others in the form of amazing meals from fresh produce we grew ourselves.

Though gardening is fun, it takes a little planning and a fair amount of work to ensure your garden thrives. Our Sunshine Retirement Communities have come up with a list of some of the best tips for preparing your garden for the growing season.

Do Your Research

Begin by doing some simple research. What kind of plants grow best in your climate or for where you live? What kind of soil are those plants going to need? How often will you have to water them or fertilize? What kind of ground are you starting with? What tools will you need? How much sun will your plants get in your area of choice? These are all things you are going to want to know before you get started. One of the best things you can do for your garden is to brush up on your knowledge of plants, soil, tools, and more for your thriving garden!

Spring Cleaning

Not just for your home, spring cleaning should be happening in your garden shed too! Take stock of what items have expired, like pesticides or plant foods, and make a plan to replace them. Clean or repair any rusted or broken tools. Reorganize your tools, seeds, soils, and materials for easy access.

And most importantly, take care of any safety hazards in your shed. While stacked pots may look like they’re out of the way on the top shelf, if reaching for them and pulling them off of that shelf causes pain or even is just mildly inconvenient, it might not be the best place for them. Broken clay pots, rusted nails, spills from chemicals or soils should be cleaned up and disposed of.

Prepare the Ground

After the long harsh winters, it’s important to take stock of the health of your soil! Over the winter, soil becomes compacted through the cold weather, snow, and ice. While it is a bigger project than most, tilling your soil is the key to a healthy and thriving garden. It’s best to work the soil at least 12 to 14 inches deep, to ensure plenty of loose and healthy dirt for your plants to thrive in. Not only does tilling break up the compacted dirt, but it also mixes in the nutrient stocked mulch, dead leaves, and other compost that makes the soil a fantastically rich environment for growing things.

Plan Your Planting

When you think of gardening, it’s easy to only think of digging into the dirt, planting seeds, and harvesting your crops. But one of the most important parts of creating a garden is careful planning. After all, what good is planting plants if you don’t feed and care for them regularly? Take a pen and a calendar and mark out your spring and summer gardening tasks. Be sure to include the dates you need to sow, transplant, and harvest your fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Schedule check-ins with your garden, including regular weeding time, watering, and pruning. We suggest marking these on your physical calendar and also on your digital calendar to ensure reminders come from several places. Last but certainly not least, be sure to block off a full weekend for preparing your garden for the following growing season, toward the end of the fall.

Are you ready to get started? Hop to it! Consider inviting a friend or two to come over and help you with your garden. You can all share in the fruits of your labor by coming together for garden fresh meals or enjoying fresh bouquets of flowers.

With a little preparation, a little planning, and a couple of hacks, your garden is going to be amazing this spring!

To enjoy a spring tour or get more information about our retirement communities, contact our friendly team today.

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