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How to Make the Most of Your Garden this Year
March 23, 2017
Although it may not seem that way due to the recent cold snap, spring is definitely on the way and as we slide out of March and get settled into April, our minds start to think about all the amazing gardening opportunities in the spring and summer. Whether your green thumb encompasses perennials and flowerbeds or growing your own produce brings you the greatest joy, here are a few tips and tricks to make the most out of your gardening season this year:
Get the Soil Ready
Chances are, the soil in your garden has been packed down and dormant for the winter season. A few weeks before planting your garden, you should take the time to revitalize the soil and get it ready for planting. These steps include cleaning out the garden and removing debris such as weeds or dead leaves, adding mulch, fertilizer, compost, and other nutrients that the soil may be lacking. It’s also a good time to take inventory of your gardening tools to make sure everything is sharp and ready for planting season.
Get Creative with Space
Whether you have a large space for gardening or a more modest plot, there are tons of ways to make the most out of your space. Ways to maximize space in your garden include growing vine veggies on a trellis, adding a potato tower, and more. You can even take a look at your yard and find any unused space to turn into a growing area for carrots, garlic, and more.
Opt for a Membership with a Community Garden
If you are lacking for space or not able to start a garden on your property, a community garden is a great option to take advantage of. Ottawa is chock-full of community gardens that will give you more than your fix of gardening. Some popular gardens around Ottawa include Brewer Park Community Garden, Nanny Goat Hill Community Garden, Sweet Willow Community Garden, and more. A simple Google search can help you find a great community garden in your area.
What are your favourite gardening tips and tricks?