Spring is such a wondrous time for me. It reflects renewal and hope as the grass turns green, the leaves reappear on trees and flowers bloom once again. There is really nothing like the smell of fresh cut grass. It is this time of year that I can't wait to get out and dig in the dirt and prepare the garden bed for another year of fresh herbs, greens, veggies and summer bouquets.
It is important to renew the garden and potting soil each spring. Healthy and vibrant soil gives plants what they need to be healthy and vibrant food for the family and friends. Each spring, I like to add an organic fertilizer, minerals, a layer of compost and top with mulch. I like to have this done in mid-March, ready for planting at the end of March. Adding mulch too soon in the season can keep the soil temperatures down. I time adding mulch when temperatures are on the upswing so the fresh mulch helps warm the soil. Weed free, self fertilizing, till free garden beds
For potting soil, I remove at least the top half from the pot and mix the potting soil with compost at about a 50/50 mix and then mix in fertilizer and minerals like Azomite at the rate recommended. Re-energize your potting soil! I use Espoma's fertilizers as it is for organic gardening and available in my rural area. You can also make your own to save money and it works just as well. Make your own all natural, complete fertilizer
Most people think of the heat lovers when it comes to an edible garden. Spring is the time for the crops that love it on the cool side. Lettuce, strawberries, peas, fava beans, spinach, Asian greens, chicories, leeks, turnips, carrots, beets, arugula, onions, radishes, garlic and onions are in their prime in the springtime.
Garlic, fava beans, winter peas, carrots, leeks and onions may have overwintered if you planted them in the fall. Peas, radishes, leafy greens can be planted in early spring. Followed shortly by carrots, beets and potatoes.
As you are laying out your garden, be sure to not plant from the same family in the same spot. Crop rotation will help keep down pests and different types of crops need different nutrients. Moving them around the garden helps to keep spots from getting depleted in nutrients. It helps to either take pictures or capture in your garden log book the layout for each season so you don't forget what you planted where. Crop rotation made easy for small gardens
I like planting snow peas because you can eat the whole pod. Pea leaves and flowers are tasty in salads, too. Spring is when you get the best salads of the year! Lettuces are sweet and crunchy. There are chives, redbud blossoms, chickweed, purslane, sorrel, leek, new onions and many other springtime goodies to add to your salads, or smoothies. Later in spring, you can add radishes, carrots, arugula and garlic scapes.