Spring Gardening for Beginners

If you’re a serious gardener, you’ve probably already got your garden ready to go this year: summer-flowering bulbs and seeds purchased, garden beds tidied and ready to go, and gardening tools at the ready.

Are you more of a beginner gardener, and just thinking about starting your spring garden now? Not to worry, because it’s not too late! Here’s what you need to know to turn your front or back yard into a blossoming sanctuary today.

Prep (or create) your flower beds
Have flower beds already? Prep them by removing any winter mulch, and adding some manure or compost. Looking to create a flower bed from scratch? There are several ways to do this – here’s a great primer. If you plan to grow more vegetables than flowers, consider building a raised bed, which is a great option for preventing weeds, ensuring optimal soil quality and drainage, and providing better yields. Raised beds should be at the most four feet wide, so that you can always reach and water all the plants without having to step into the bed. Read more about the pros and cons of raised beds here.

Get the right soil
Plants need good soil for optimal growth and health. You can enrich your soil with compost to give it the nutrients it needs. Learn about 8 steps for improving your garden soil here. You should also make sure that your garden has proper drainage, so that water doesn’t either collect or drain away too quickly.

Plant seeds and bulbs
If you plant a variety of types of flowers, including spring-flowering, summer-flowering, perennials, and annuals, you will have a nice variety of plants that are blossoming at all times and that provide a beautiful range of shapes and colours.

If you’d like to grow some vegetables in your garden, opt for plants that will grow in time for a late summer harvest, such as tomato and pepper plants, cucumbers, zucchini and yellow squash, green beans, heirloom carrots, and various types of lettuce. Most of these can be grown fairly quickly and easily from seed, although starting with cuttings or small pre-grown (starter) plants is an easier option for beginners. The Old Farmer’s Almanac offers a handy calendar that shows when plants should be planted (and harvested) – check it out and adjust the location to get the most accurate dates for your hometown.

You can also grow many herbs from cuttings, which you can easily acquire from herbs purchased at your local farmers’ market – consider trying basic, mint, oregano, lavender, thyme, rosemary or sage. Learn how to grow herbs from cuttings here.

We hope you enjoyed our gardening tips! Gardening is a great excuse to spend time outdoors, it’s relaxing and meditative, and you (and your family and neighbours!) will get to enjoy the bounty – whether that’s a beautiful garden of colourful flowers or fresh fruits and vegetables grown in your very own back yard.

What are your favourite spring gardening tips and tricks? Join us on the Brookfield Residential Facebook page and let us know. Happy gardening!