Spring Gardening Checklist

Warmer weather is here, which means it’s almost time to transfer plants outside! Soak up the sun by sprucing up your outdoor space — it’s time to give your garden some extra TLC! If you’re a beginner, make sure to check out these ideas below on how to transform your outdoor space into your own fruitful garden.

Add labels to your garden

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Make garden additions cute and functional! DIY your own garden labels using paint, wooden spoons, and Sharpie paint pens. Add some illustrations and use various colors to really get creative.

Remove weeds

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Kill pesty weeds before they have time to grow larger! Use an all natural weed killer such as 2 parts vinegar, 1 part soap, and 2 parts water. Spray weeds and wait a couple days for them to dry off and die out.

Plant Natural Pesticides

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Certain plants defer insects from your garden. Try planting chives to repel carrot flies, Japanese beetle and aphids; dill repels aphids, squash bugs, spider mites, cabbage loopers and tomato hornworms; lemon balm repels mosquitoes. Click here to see a longer list of plants that repel certain types of bugs from your garden.

Add Compost

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Fertilize your garden using all-natural compost. You can buy some at the store or make some on your own. Look out for a DIY compost article coming soon!

Check your soil

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Make sure your plants aren’t too damp or too dry. In most cases over watering is worse than under watering. Since drowned roots are hard to revive, you’ll want to make sure that your soil isn’t too submerged from spring showers.

Don’t be too ambitious

If you’re new to gardening, start small. There’s nothing wrong with testing out a small square of ground rather than being overwhelmed with an overgrown garden. Try the “divide and conquer” method by splitting beds into squares for more manageable plant organization and maintenance.

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Happy Spring and happy gardening y’all! Comment below if you have any ideas for small outdoor spaces

-kw

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