Gardening As A Hobby
Gardening is a year-round hobby, which requires specific tasks at certain times of the year that you often have to plan for several months ahead. In order to be ready to plant in your garden for next spring, you need to start preparing the soil sometime in the fall. Gardening as a hobby is great fun, but it takes a lot of work year round.
One of the most important things to do to prepare your garden for planting next spring is to spread and till compost or peat moss over your garden, especially if it is a new garden. Adding fertilizers and nutrients into the soil several months ahead of the actual planting will help to ensure healthier plants.
If you live in the part of the country that has cold winters, the winter months can be used for preparing the soil and also be used for removing leaves and other debris. It is a good time to dispose of any dead plants. Some gardening experts recommend creating a calendar of planting dates so when spring is here you will know when to plant each variety.
Once spring arrives, your planting timetable will depend on where you live, your soil type and your local climate. Even though spring officially begins around March 20th , you may have several more weeks of winter weather. Plants and vegetables that thrive in warm weather should not be planted until after the date that you can realistically expect no further frost. After that date, you can also safely remove any protective winter covers from plants.
If your weather becomes warm in March and April, many varieties of annual flower seeds and vegetable seeds should be planted for best results. Try to sow seeds on a warm dry day as the soil may still be damp during this time of the year which may cause the seeds to rot.
One tip for spring planting is to plant different varieties of crops and flowers in different parts of the garden than they were previously planted. Crop rotation helps to improve the health of the soil as well as preventing soil disease from spreading.
And before you even start planting, early spring is also a good time of year to perform basic outdoor maintenance tasks such as repairing fences or trellises, sharpening and cleaning tools. Spring is also the time to cut back unruly growth on most shrubs, before leaves begin to grow again.