Are you ready to plant?
Soil is ready for planting when it is free of snow and ice crystals and is crumbly to the touch. If soil is too wet, it can make aeration more difficult.
Vegetables: This time of year is ideal for planting peas, spinach, lettuce mixes, arugula, and leeks. After the threat of a harsh frost, crops like cabbage, broccoli, radishes and onions can follow.
If you’re planning to plant veggies like tomatoes or pumpkins outside in raised beds or in a garden bed, now is the time to start seedlings inside in small pots or even empty egg containers. Remember to sow seeds lightly, as most will indeed sprout and you’ll then need to transplant each and every plant later.
Flowers: Some early spring flowers to consider are pansies, snapdragons, tulips, daffodils, and other bulbs.
It is a wise investment to lean towards perennial bulbs is always a good idea if you’re living in a home for a few years, as they come up year after year and they multiply, largely on their own.
This is also the best time to mulch. Mulch helps moisture stay close to the plants and also gives them an extra layer of protection against wind and excessive temperatures (cold and hot).
When applying mulch, rather than dumping it directly from the garden store’s bag to the ground, take the time to put the mulch in a pile or wheelbarrow, then spread with a loose rake. This allows you to “sprinkle” the mulch over emerging plants rather than dousing them with a large and heavy heap. Another way to make mulch placement “pop” is to edge beds with an edger or sharp shovel.
Enjoy this time of year planting; you’ll reap the benefits in months to come!