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Spring Gardening Guide

Posted by Catherine Wainwright, on March 25, 2024.

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Spring marks the beginning of the growing season in the garden. Now is the time to clear up winter debris, prepare garden beds, enhance soil health, and plan the year’s gardening practices. Make the most of the longer days and get started on these simple tips and tasks to prepare for the year ahead.

Prepare for Spring Planting

Prepping Garden Beds

Through the winter, soil can become compacted and lose nutrients. Before sowing seeds or planting bulbs and cuttings in the spring, it is important to prepare the garden beds to provide the best growing conditions for your plants. Whether directly in the ground or in raised beds, nurturing the soil is an important first step in your spring gardening schedule.

1. Remove weeds: Pull out perennial weeds by hand or using a garden fork, taking care to remove the whole root system. Use a hoe to break up annual and ephemeral weeds; this is best in dry weather when the hoed weeds will quickly die. In wet weather, remove hoed weeds with a rake or by hand to prevent them from rerooting.

2. Turn the soil: Break up compacted soil using a spade or garden fork. Turn the soil to about a spade’s depth to create a loose, well-aerated structure.

3. Add organic matter: Enhance the soil by incorporating compost or manure. Organic matter is a valuable addition to your garden bed, providing nutrients, encouraging microorganisms, increasing water retention, and improving structure.

4. Rake and consolidate: Rake the soil to level the surface. Next, lightly shuffle over the soil to settle any air pockets, before raking again to create a fine tilth.

Create Optimal Conditions with Garantia Raised Beds

Raised beds provide an ideal environment for your plants. In poor soils, such as heavy clays or sandy soils, a raised bed is the perfect solution — they enhance drainage and can be filled with nutrient-rich, well-draining soil. It is also possible to tailor the growing environment to the needs of your crops. For example, a raised bed can be filled with ericaceous soil for acid-loving plants such as blueberries.

Raised beds warm up quickly, supporting your spring seeds and summer-flowering bulbs as well as nurturing the root environment of established plants. They are generally easier to protect from frost, while the raised design reduces the risk of some pests, soil-borne diseases, and weeds. Taller raised beds also make accessibility easier, reducing the need to crouch while weeding, planting, or harvesting.

  • Improves drainage.
  • Optimum soil.
  • Naturally warmer.
  • Fewer pests, diseases, and weeds.
  • Easier accessibility.
  • Versatile.
  • Aesthetic. 

For an easy-to-assemble, stylish option, choose one of Garantia’s raised beds for your garden. The ERGO raised beds are made from recycled plastic and are available in either 4-corner or 6-corner designs with adjustable height. The ERGO raised bed system also comes with an extension kit so that you can easily expand your beds. For extra protection from the elements, choose the ERGO Quadro TurboPlus raised bed with a cold frame attachment.

Embrace Sustainable Gardening Practices

Spring is a great time to make environmentally conscious choices ahead of the growing season. Conserving water and improving soil health are two simple and effective ways you can build a sustainable gardening practice that can be maintained year-round.

Water Conservation in the Spring

It is important to be mindful of ways to conserve water throughout the year. However, spring can be a particularly demanding time for water use. Germinating seeds and young plants need more water than mature plants. Additionally, plants resume growth at this time of year, while the warmer weather increases water loss through evaporation.

Choose plants that will have most of their needs met by the natural climate and garden environment. Group plants with similar needs together and consider drip irrigation for larger areas. Improve soil health with organic matter to increase water retention and reduce compaction that can lead to water run-off. Rainfall in the spring can be unpredictable; harvesting rainwater is an impactful way to conserve water in your garden.

  • Choose plants suited to the environment.
  • Group plants with similar needs.
  • Enrich soil with organic matter.
  • Harvest rainwater.

Harvesting Rainwater with Garantia Water Butts

Water butts can be simply installed to collect rainwater from the roof, saving money and reducing reliance on mains water. Not only that, plants love rainwater because it is free from the chemicals and salts that can be found in tap water.

For a discrete and stylish option, Garantia’s Antique Amphora Water Butt is designed as a classic terracotta pot and can even be planted as such. There are also stonewood-effect and round rainwater tanks to suit the needs of a range of outdoor spaces.

Enriching Soil with Compost

Composting is a sustainable way to recycle kitchen and garden waste, transforming it into a valuable soil improver. Adding compost to the garden increases soil biodiversity, improves soil structure and water retention, increases nutrition, and enhances plant growth. You can start composting at any time of year, however, make the most of the warmer temperatures in the spring to kick-start decomposition. You may also find you have more garden waste at this time of year; perfect for adding to your compost pile.

Start Composting with Garantia Compost Bins

A composting bin is a great way to get started. There are a range of sizes and styles available to suit the needs of your garden. The Thermo-King and Thermo-Wood composters are designed to compost quickly, regulating temperature thanks to the innovative Thermolene plastic. For a smaller composting bin suited to kitchen worktops, Garantia’s Urban Composter offers an efficient, space-saving solution. Now is a good time to start composting, however big or small — this nutrient-rich, soil amendment will enrich your garden through spring and beyond the growing season.