If you believe Pennsylvania’s most famous rodent, then spring will be early this year. That’s right, on February 2nd, our very own Punxsutawney Phil could not find his shadow, which can only mean one thing according to the legend—we’re in for an early spring season. Regardless if you believe the accuracy of Phil’s predictions or not, one thing is true: it’s never too early to start planning your garden.
At Leck’s Greenhouses, our garden store in Bucks County is renowned across the region for not only our wide selection, but our friendly and knowledgeable employees as well — and they know that a good plan can be the secret to gardening success. With some careful planning, you can fit multiple plantings into your season, highlight your favorite features, create and combine new spaces, and even get bigger harvests.
Let’s take a look at some of the factors to consider when planning your garden, and how you can make the most out of it.
Mull It Over
Before you dive in and start purchasing seeds, clones, or transplants, try to think through your entire garden project. Ask yourself which vegetable varieties interest you, or how much space you can commit to a garden. Consider how much time you’d have to devote to tasks like weeding, watering, mulching, and other maintenance. By answering these questions, it will help you develop a garden that not only matches your land, but your lifestyle as well.
Whether you’re a gardening novice or you’ve got two green thumbs, it’s always a great idea to prioritize the crops and plants that excite and intrigue you. Ensure that they’ll thrive in our local climate and hardiness zone over the course of the year. If you had a garden last year, rotate your crops and move the location of your plants to increase both crop yield and soil fertility.
Pick Your Spots
Because many vegetables grow best in six hours of sun per day, it’s critical to plant them in a location that’s rich in sunlight — extra points if that spot is conveniently close to a source of water for irrigating your plants. In fact, replanting your transplant and sowing your seeds near a water source makes it easy to keep the soil at an optimum moisture level.
If you’re new to gardening, or you have limited time or space to commit to your garden, remember that bigger doesn’t always mean better. Instead, plan a plot that’s ideally sized to not overwhelm or bog you down with chores. Also, concentrate on a selection of vegetables that you like to eat and are simpler to grow. Crops such as spinach, lettuce, radishes, and carrots are all excellent choices, as they don’t require much time or experience to produce a satisfying harvest.
Toil Over Your Soil
There’s no underestimating the value of good, high-quality soil. Your garden will grow best in soil that’s rich in nutrients, well-drained, weeded, and loosened. Before you plant each year, it’s a good idea to boost your soil’s fertility by enriching it with compost or other organic matter. Mulch also adds nutrients to the soil and can even reduce your need to weed. All this will have a significant impact down the line and help to boost your garden’s production.
Keep Your Tools Simple
Some people think you need to invest in fancy gadgets or other sophisticated tools to have a productive and attractive garden; however, that’s just not the case. In fact, for the most part, you really don’t need too many devices for breaking up soil or preparing it for seeds and transplants. There are plenty of multipurpose tools on the market that can satisfy many of your gardening maintenance and upkeep tasks.
By following these simple and straightforward guidelines, you can start planning now and set yourself up for success and a healthy, beautiful, and alluring garden all season long!
For more information, contact our plant store serving the residents of Bucks County at 215-664-8648!