Connecting with the soil can be a pleasant and relaxing experience. Whether your garden consists of just several terracotta pots, or you have an entire hectare at your disposal, you must bring your land to the best condition for summer, performing routine tasks such as removing weeds or placing compost.
A few early preparations for the summer season will bring you many benefits that you will be able to enjoy throughout the year. If you take some time to improve the fertility of your garden, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a productive year. Here’s how to achieve it…
Remove Old Weeds
During the spring, some weeds probably started to sprout slowly from your soil, so you need to remove them as soon as possible and place them in a very distant place. If you leave them in or near the ground for too long, they will bloom, produce seeds and multiply.
You should also mow the whole garden. Don’t forget to acquire a lawnmower battery for your lawnmower. It will be very useful if you have a large garden.
Place Fresh Fertilizer
A few weeks before you plan to plant, process any crops that are left there and cover your garden with a stronger layer of good fertilizer. Compost will give the soil a fresh infusion of organic matter that is rich in nutrients, while at the same time improving its ability to tolerate water and nourish your crops. This is very important for hot summers.
All quality fertilizers must contain three main plant nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus and calcium. Most organic fertilizers are slightly bulkier than synthetic chemicals, so their percentage of nutrients may be lower. Therefore, you will need more.
Make Sure the Soil is Good
Next, you need to focus on cultivating your land. Rain, gravity and other forces make the soil more compact over time, so you have to release it before planting. If you plan to plant young plants, you have to cultivate your soil, remove stones or roots, you have to turn it if it is dry and lumpy, never when it is wet.
In the already set planting spaces, which you have fenced and designated for certain crops, you can free the soil with pitchforks and give it space to breathe. In that way, the soil will dry better, thus allowing the roots to penetrate much easier through its layers and break out on the surface.
Do Some Maintenance on Your Tools
Now it’s time to prepare the soil for all the types of plants you want in your garden. First, you need to remove the older layer of soil, or if you used quality fertilizer, bring the lower layer of the soil to the top.
Preparing for the summer season also gives you the perfect excuse to buy some new and useful gardening tools. Use boiled flaxseed oil to treat and protect the handle of your tools, and use a wire brush to remove traces of rust from the metal parts. You can easily clean each tool with turpentine, the traces of which you will then remove with alcohol. Sharpen any blade with a file, and lubricate them with oil for better efficiency.
What Will You Plant in your Garden?
Before you start overturning the earth as if tomorrow does not exist, think of your vision for the upcoming season. What is it that you want to plant and where would you plant it? Do you want to grow more vegetables? We advise you to write down your vision so that you can review your goals and check the progress during the work.
For example, if you plant a garden with vegetables, you know that it gives you the opportunity to enjoy excellent, sunny tomatoes, which are even tastier when they are the fruit of your work and freshly picked from your garden. In virtually any case, the taste and texture vary, and you can very easily grow a tomato, far better than the one from the supermarket. The secret of successful planting is in the preparation itself.